KarMichael Realty LLC
Karlene Wanke, Broker

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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 my clients are saying  

The house sold in nine days!! I definitely made the right choice choosing Karlene Wanke as my realtor. Karlene was great to work with! It was a pleasure to get to know her. She truly cares about her clients! She sold the house in nine days! It was hard to sell my childhood home after my Dad's passing but Karlene did everything thing she could to make it easier for me. Karlene started out as my realtor but became my friend. It doesn't get any better than that. If you want a fabulous realtor then Karlene should be your choice! Sure am glad that I chose Karlene. Would definitely recommend her to anyone that wants top notch service! From start to finish it was a great experience. Couldn't have asked for more. Thank you so much for everything.


~ Mary A. Mukwonago, WI

As you can see from the survey, I gave Karlene Wanke all "Excellent's". From the first time I met her at my house and throughout the process of the sale, she performed above and beyond the call of duty. I liked that she constantly kept me updated on any and all aspects of the sale, did a lot of comparisons of other properties for sale in the area, especially the condos in my complex, and always followed up very quickly as the sale progressed. Karlene has a wonderful personality for real estate, is a very caring person both for the seller and potential buyer, and will do so much to help the seller and buyer understand the advantages and disadvantages of the process. I have sold houses in the past, and she was, by far, the best agent to work with. She always has your best interest at heart. Thank you, Karlene, for the many hours of time and your special thoughtfulness in the complete selling process.


~ Maryrose K. New Berlin, WI

Karlene was the perfect agent for first-time home buyers like us. She was approachable, patient, and her values matched well with ours. She always took the time to answer our questions; I cannot emphasize enough how important and invaluable this was during our home buying process. Karlene really took the time to listen to our wants and priorities. She really took our wish list to heart, and did not waste our time looking at houses we were not interested in. Great experience. I would be happy to recommend Karlene to others looking for a home in the area.


~ Brandon S. Mukwonago, WI

Karlene did a great job! Karlene kept on top of everything to keep things moving along!


~ Connie G. New Berlin, WI

Karlene not only sold my home quickly but helped me to purchase a new home within my budget for a good price. She walked me through all the steps and communicated things effectively and always with a smile.


~ Ruth A. Muskego, WI

Karlene made my home buying experience seamless. She continually went above and beyond to assist my family's search for a home. She always showed integrity and honesty, delivering on her word and working with my hectic schedule. I could not have asked for a better agent. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a home.


~ Ben W. St. Francis, WI

Working with Karlene was the best decision I made in the home buying process! I stumbled across Karlene when I called about one of her listings. I was very impressed on her follow-through and attention to details. When she says she will do something, she does it right away. She is kind, honest, personable, and flexible. We didn't have a specific area to move and she took us all over the Milwaukee area without batting an eyelash-even if it meant traveling through rush hour at the worst times possible! We even found out(after the fact)that she took us to view homes on her birthday! Talk about dedication! She really wanted to make sure we found the home that fit the needs of our family. She took care of all loose ends, kept track of the other realtor to keep the process moving quickly, and kept my loan officer organized. With my busy schedule, she made home buying an easy process. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor. She is truly a gem, and I would highly recommend her!


~ Katie M. St. Francis, WI

Karlene worked tirelessly to get my home sold quickly. Not only was I selling my home while living out-of-state, but I didn’t list it until September. Karlene went above and beyond, calling any clients she knew who might be interested in my home. She held multiple open houses and was in constant contact with me throughout the sale. I always felt like I was her #1 client. She handled everything that needed to be done and helped ease the burden on me of being 4 hours away in Illinois. I know that Karlene went above and beyond to help me obtain the outcome I desired and I can honestly say that she is an outstanding Realtor, who has became an even better friend!


~ Diane K. Elmwood, IL

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