This report will teach you how a counteroffer can help you to negotiate a better deal for the sale of your home.
The moving timetable
4 weeks before the move
Do-it-yourself movers -- line up access to packing materials such as furniture pads, hand truck, dolly, packing tape (to tape doors closed and cords up), nylon packing string and rope, scissors, markers and utility knife. And, begin packing.
Clean or repair any appliances that need it
Use up perishables -- such as food in the freezer
Transfer all prescriptions to your new pharmacy
Change any magazine subscriptions
Make copies of important documents: school records, insurance, driver's registration, etc.
Have rugs and drapes cleaned and keep them in bags until the mover arrives
Collect all items being repaired, cleaned or stored
4 days before the move
Pack suitcases for the trip to your new house. Put in extra clothes for emergencies.
Pack an "Instant Aid" box containing things you'll need upon arrival: sponges, paper towels, laundry detergent, paper plates, toothpaste, light bulbs, hammer, trash bags, hand soap, toilet paper, scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, tea kettle, snacks, pencils and paper, masking tape, bath towels and shelf-lining materials
Defrost the refrigerator and freezer so they can dry at least 24 hours before the new owners arrive
Make an inventory of every item and box to be loaded onto the truck
Set aside valuables and legal documents to go with you, not the van
Take the telephone directory with you as well as important telephone numbers
Contact your local post office and arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address
1 day before the move
Point out to packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark any items you do not want moved. Remember movers pack everything -- even the garbage.
Leave mirrors and pictures on the wall for the movers to pack
Leave beds assembled; take off sheets and blankets
Unplug all TV sets 24 hours in advance so they will be at room temperature the day of the move. Moving a set in which heat is retained could damage internal parts.
Do-it-yourself movers finish packing
Do-it-yourself movers should pick up the truck early
If using movers, use your inventory list to ensure that all items are loaded on the truck
Let the mover know where you can be reached
Before you sign it, read the bill of lading. Keep it in a safe place until furnishings are delivered, charges are paid and claims are settled.
Check items off your list as the movers are unloading them
Make sure utilities are hooked up
Be on hand to answer questions, make necessary payment arrangements, give directions and examine your furnishings