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Cindy Allen Broker/Owner


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Six Week Checklist for a Good Move

Six weeks before move
Four weeks before move
Three weeks before move
Two weeks before move
One week before move
Moving day

Six Weeks Before Move:

  • Call for moving estimates.
  • Call the Chamber Of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau in your new town and get their new resident information packages.
  • Inventory all household items to be moved, and start packing NOW!
  • Remove all items from basement, storage sheds, attics, and plan a garage sale or charity donation for all items you don't want to move.
  • Start using things up that you can't move, like cleaning supplies and frozen food.
  • Discuss tax-related moving expenses, liabilities, and deductions with your tax advisor.
  • Make a list of all people/organizations to contact about change of address.
  • Complete U.S. Postal Service change of address forms and mail them to all applicable publications, stores and organizations.
  • Get copies of (or arrange for transfer at both ends of move) all school, medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and accounting records.
  • Contact insurance agents to transfer or cancel coverage.
  • If it's a company move, check with your employer to find out what moving expenses they cover.
  • Get a mail subscription for the local paper in your new location to familiarize yourself with the new community, its activities and issues.
  • Locate and obtain all automobile licensing and registration information.

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Four Weeks Before Move:

  • Get an itemized list of all moving related costs and review with mover, including packing, loading, special charges, insurance, vehicles (if needed), etc.
  • Contact all current and new location utility companies (gas, water, electric, cable TV, phone & trash collection) to set connect/disconnect dates. Remember to keep current utilities hooked up until move day.
  • Make arrangements for relocation of pets and plants.
  • Move valuables to safe deposit box to prevent loss during move.
  • If you are packing yourself, acquire packing materials/boxes and pack items you won't need for the next month.
  • If professional mover is packing your goods, schedule packing day(s) 1 or 2 days before move.
  • Prepare any mowers, snow blowers, boats, snowmobiles (or other vehicles you won't be using before the move) for the move by servicing and draining gas and oil, to prevent a moving van fire.
  • Repair, send out for re-upholstery, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as needed.

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Three Weeks Before Move:

  • Make travel arrangements for family for moving trip, allow for unexpected delays and cash needs that often occur in moves and house closings.
  • Collect all important papers (insurance, will, deeds, stocks, etc.).
  • Arrange to close all local bank accounts and open new ones in new location.

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Two Weeks Before Move:

  • Prepare auto(s) for trip to new home. Check tires and have vehicles serviced.
  • Terminate newspaper and other delivery services at old address.
  • Give away all plants you don't intend to move.
  • If you're moving out of a building with elevators, arrange with management for use of elevators on move day.
  • Schedule for appliance disconnects on moving day or the day before the move, if necessary.
  • Contact your moving company counselor to review and confirm all arrangements for your move.
  • Withdraw contents of any safe deposit boxes, return library books & rental video tapes, pick up any dry cleaning, etc.
  • Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company, including your travel itinerary and emergency numbers.

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One Week Before Move:

  • Defrost refrigerator/freezer.
  • Plan simple meals for moving day to avoid using appliances.
  • Make plans for care of small children on moving day.
  • Transfer or withdraw all funds from local banks.
  • Separate cartons and luggage items you need for personal travel so they don't get packed on the truck.
  • Pack a box of items you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home and have movers put this box on last (clearly mark box as PACK THIS LAST or UNPACK THIS FIRST) or take it with you.
  • Have appliances disconnected and prepared for move.
  • Set aside one room for packers and movers to work in freely.
  • Arrange to have utilities turned on at new home.
  • Notify friends and neighbors of new address and phone number (if available).
  • Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
  • Set aside manuals and instructions for your current home for new owner.
  • Do NOT disconnect your telephone until the day after loading.

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Moving Day:

  • Plan on spending entire day at house with movers. Don't leave until movers have gone.
  • Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, water).
  • Stay with moving van driver to oversee inventory of goods.
  • Give moving van driver directions to new home and numbers where you can be reached prior to delivery.
  • Get routing information from moving van driver.
  • Review carefully and sign bill of lading and inventory, and keep your copy in a safe place until all charges have been paid and all claims (if any) have been settled.
  • Make final walk-through of house, including basement, attic and closets, to make sure it's empty.
  • Lock all windows and doors, and drop off keys with the agent, neighbor or new owner.

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What our clients are saying  

At almost 70 years old we’ve bought and sold numerous properties .The need to sell our home, coupled with the hottest sellers market I’ve ever seen caused us to search for a realtor. Enter Cindy…she single handedly with whirlwind speed took control and with professional etiquette in every way from scheduling, to advertisements she not only knew exactly what to do, when to do it, and answered every question I had as to why your doing it. I was so impressed and truthfully blown away with her performance she is the first and only Realtor I can and enthusiastically recommend without hesitation….STOP LOOKING AROUND CINDY IS YOUR ANSWER! She sold our house the first day on the market and at $25,000 above asking price! “Impressed” just doesn’t do justice in describing what she did. She always responded very quickly, she made us feel like we were her most important client, what else can I say?


~ Doug Tammy Lambert

I always recommend Cindy. She is kind and so easy to work with. Her knowledge of real estate is outstanding and she knows her way around Northern Virginia. You never have to worry about anything because she will take care of whatever may pop up. She will get in touch with you right away and will work with you on your schedule. Whether you want to list or purchase a home, you cannot go wrong with Cindy.


~ Jensue Ferrell

Cindy Allen provided excellent service throughout the process of selling my late mother's home. She gave me an honest and accurate opinion on the value of the home, and was of great assistance in putting the home on the market and getting an excellent offer in a short amount of time. She also provided timely updates on the status of the post-Contract and Closing process, and was easily reachable via text, phone call, or email for questions or status updates. I highly recommend her if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Fairfax area.


~ Matt Crawford

Cindy has been our realtor for the past 15 years. She had helped us by and sell several homes over those years. She is very knowledgeable and is quick to respond to you interest, needs and requests. She was our very supportive and informative every step of the way!


~ Donna Guzman

I have used Cindy to sell three homes in twenty years..Her professionalism, knowledge of the area, and real estate savvy resulted in all three sales garnering offers within two weeks (this past one 'twenty-four hours'!) and each above listing price. You will not find a better agent!


~ Jim Fullem

Cindy is a consummate professional. She guided us through a challenging and stressful sale. She also helped us to find a rental in a very nice area. Many of the things she did for us were above and beyond, unexpected by us. Her knowledge of the 'little things' in her profession went a long way to getting our house sold and getting a very nice profit. We would be pleased to work with Cindy again


~ Jim and Ellen

Cindy has been great to work with. She not only helped us sell our house, she also found us a new home to rent, which was difficult because we have cats. She is very familiar with the metropolitan area around Washington DC which was very helpful. She is very kind, compassionate, respectful, funny and at the same time, very professional. Bottom line, she was a joy to work with and we feel very fortunate to have had her working on our behalf. We would highly recommend her to anyone.


~ Ellen Scarborough

We were referred to Cindy Allen, by great friends of ours, after she helped them to sell their house. From the very beginning, we could tell that she was not only extremely competent and professional, but that she also cared about us as people. Through the process, there were some hiccups due to the buyer's side, but Cindy was there, with urgency and an advocacy, genuinely taking care of us and our interests. She was meticulous and detailed in her marketing plans, giving great exposure to our house thru all of social media, which helped our house sell before many others of comparable value in the area. In short, buying or selling, we would use her again, and so should you


~ Erik Dardas

Cindy is an incredible broker with a strong pulse for the market. Northern Virginia is a challenging market and Cindy's innate ability to navigate the process from beginning to end is impressive. Whether it is selling or buying, Cindy is a true asset to help set you up for success. We have worked with Cindy both as a selling agent and buying agent- we would choose Cindy again without reservation. You should too!


~ Jude Black

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