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Tara Branham, REALTOR®/Broker Associate

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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  

Whether you are buying or selling, Tara is the go to Realtor in the B/CS area. Always professional, always willing to go above & beyond - she gives you her all.


~ Christine McDonald

When making such a large decision, I wanted to work with someone that I could trust and the universe sent me Tara Branham. I can't speak highly enough of my experience with Tara Branham. Mrs. Branham was my selling agent as well as my buying agent. I am a first-time home seller/ home buyer with very little knowledge about how the process worked. I met with one realtor before I met Tara, but talk about good KARMA… I met Tara and I knew instantly that she was the one for me. She is honest and hands-on (she even put up with my stinky old animals!), and she really helped to take the pressure off of me. I never felt forced to make an offer or to accept an offer on the house I was selling or the house I was buying. Tara walked me through every step of the negotiations on both the sell and buy. I was amazed at how fast my house sold.Tara has been there every step of the way. Her professionalism, mentorship, knowledge, honesty, and hard work ethic are much respected and appreciated.


~ Leah Kerr

We absolutely loved working with TM5 Properties! Tara Branham was excellent and work her hardest to find the house that we would love, and she DID IT! Being first time buyers we had no idea the how complicated the questions could be and everything that needed to be considered. Tara helped us through the whole process and made everything so easy and enjoyable. She was prompt in getting back to us and more than willing to work without schedules. We couldn't have asked for a better realtor.


~ Dawn Cote

We had a GREAT experience with Tara Branham. I feel like I gained a great friend through our house-buying process. She is full of great advice about real estate and College Station. I highly recommend her.


~ Betsy Guin

We worked with Tara to buy a new home as well as sell our old home and she made both experiences so awesomely smooth! We love all the hard work she put in behind the scenes to make it all happen! Thank you so much!!!


~ Audrey Dwyer

Tara Branham is a real estate pro! We've dealt with many realtors in different markets over the years, and our dealings with Tara have been among the smoothest we've ever experienced. Why? Because she communicates throughout the process and shares her wealth of knowledge and experience along the way. We highly recommend Tara to anyone desiring a hassle free home buying or selling experience. We wouldn't deal with anyone else!


~ Brett Smith

Tara is very professional and very personable. Her experience. knowledge of the market and her marketing plan to sell the house immediately provided a positive result. Bottom line, she did a great job, Thanks Tara


~ Bob Simpson

Tara is very knowledgeable, pro-active, and a great people-person. She did a lot of research and helped us explore every possibility when she helped us find a house to buy during a stressful time in our lives. She also took care of all the details when we were selling our home.


~ Margaret Clark

Tara is very knowledgeable, dedicated, and professional. She made our house-hunting, home-buying experience easy and enjoyable! Highly recommend her.


~ Kathy Betts

Tara Branham did a fabulous job as a realtor for us. Always there when we had any questions. Very professional and courteous. On a scale of 1 to 5. All 5s!!!!


~ Olga and Joe Valadez

My fiance and I are first time home buyers. Not only did Tara guide us through every bit of the process but she did so with gusto. She was always available and ready to answer any questions we had, even after the sale. She was attentive to details of each home and was extremely knowledgeable about the houses and areas that we looked at. We loved working with her and will continue to use Tara and TM5 Properties for any of our home buying or selling needs!


~ Ashton Drollinger

Tara goes out of her way to help you and always makes you feel like you are her only client. She is honest, informative, and has only your interest in mind which makes the home buying process less stressful and so much easier. We were under an extremely tight deadline, and thanks to Tara, we were able to house hunt, negotiate a contract, and close on our home in only 3 weeks time! I doubt we would have been able to do this with any other agent.


~ Jennifer Onica

Tara was amazing during the sale of our house! Highly recommend her!!


~ Michelle Mims

Words cannot express how thankful we were to have Tara as our real estate agent! In addition to being first time home buyers, we were also relocating from out of state. Her intimate knowledge of the area and understanding of our needs as a young family made selecting the perfect house an easy task. The more difficult hurdle for us was getting set up with a mortgage as first time home buyers relocating from out of state. However, thanks to Tara's guidance and dedication, we were able to secure our mortgage and close on time (very important when moving a family from another state to a place where you have no connections). She maintained contact with us during the very long loan application process and we always had the confidence that Tara "had our back." She's not only an amazing real estate agent, she is an amazing person. If you choose Tara as your agent, you won’t regret it!


~ Amy Alge

Tara Branham is among the very best of several real estate agents with whom I have worked. I have purchased ten homes and sold seven. In College Station, Tara helped me find the ideal home for my daughter and her family at a fair price. When it came time to sell, the market was depressed and she helped us find good tenants so that we could wait for market recovery. It is now time to put it back on the market and she is giving us good advice on preparing it for sale. She is a good listener who tailors her excellent advice to the needs of her clients. I have never worked with a more helpful professional.


~ Joe Stafford

Tara helped me and my wife buy our first home a couple of months ago. She made everything seem so easy! Tara and my relationship goes back to 2007 when I first decided that I was going to buy a home as soon as I was discharged from the military. Things happened and I ended up staying in the service until 2011. Tara stayed in contact with me this entire time. In 2008 I made a promise to Tara that I would buy my first home from her regardless of when it was. Tara continued to believe my promise to her and finally in June of this year I was able to fulfill my promise. I will not use any other agent as long as Tara is around. She takes the time to invest in each of her clients. I highly recommend Tara to anyone looking to buy or sell a house. She will take care of you just like she did me. I cannot stress how easy she made the home buying process for us. I will never be able to thank Tara enough for her hard work and dedication to my family.


~ Dustin Robertson

We moved from out of town and had one weekend to find and purchase a home in a very low inventory market. We came into town on a Friday -- Tara had all the houses lined up and we made an offer Saturday. Unfortunately, someone else made an offer right before us, but Tara came to the rescue and showed us one more house on Sunday morning and we closed 25 days later! She was so much fun to work with and honestly had our best interest at heart. Thank you Tara!


~ Courtney Boring

If you are looking to buy or sale property, look no further than this page! I bought a house in the Bryan/College Station about 10 years ago with the help of Tara. When it came time to sell my home this past year I called Tara again. She is not just my Realtor, she has become my friend. The buying/selling process can be trying, but Tara is very knowledgable and caring. She went over and beyond to close both deals. You will be in trusted hands with Tara!


~ Mandy Holleman

My wife and I recently sold our home, and I am glad that I went with Tara Branham and TM5 Properties. Tara found a buyer for our home within two weeks after it was listed! It is clear through her enthusiasm and professionalism that Tara loves her job, and she did everything possible to make what could have been a difficult process, a smooth transaction. I look forward to doing business with Tara and TM5 in the future!


~ James Stultz

Buying a property in College Station is tough enough. But finding the RIGHT PROPERTY, in the RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD, at the RIGHT PRICE is virtually impossible in today's extremely competitive real estate market at A&M. There would have been NO WAY for me to achieve all of the above without the timely, professional and personal assistance of Tara Branham. All I can say is 'Gig 'Em, Tara' and you are the TAMU real estate queen in my marketing book!


~ Mike Malley

This was our first house sell and Tara has set a standard for us that I'm not sure any future realtor will be able to meet. She was incredible friendly. She had wonderful tips and thoughts on how to get our home sold fast. Tara was always quick to respond to texts and calls. She kept us well informed throughout the process and in the end we sold our house faster than we expected for the amount we wanted. I could not recommend her enough! If you're looking for a realtor, she's the one to call.


~ Kelsey Hurych

Tara is AWESOME!! If you are looking for a realtor that is knowledgeable of the Bryan-College Station market and the ins and outs of home selling, Tara would be your best choice...hands down! She is enthusiastic and extremely resourceful. Her plan of action left no stone unturned, making the entire process (listing, staging, marketing and closing) a breeze. She is the nicest and most considerate person you can have on your side when making a big decision to sell your home. You cannot hold a candle to the dedication she had for our family and the entire home selling process. We were so lucky to have had Tara there for us.


~ Cris and Marie Schwartz

Tara was always available and so knowledgeable about all questions or concerns we had about purchasing a home. We ran into a few road blocks but Tara helped us navigate them and we got into the home we loved. She knows that BCS area well and truly had our best interest in mind while we were looking at homes and when we decided on making an offer. And besides all of that she is just a joy to be around!


~ Stacey Urbanczyk

Very helpful, she knows her stuff and could have the answer for you the same day. Tara is a really good people person to anybody she meets and that's what I liked about her. I felt like I knew her my whole life.


~ Craig Darnell

If you want someone you can trust; someone who will work hard for your best interest; someone who will listen and understand your needs; Tara is your best bet. My husband and I love our new home and Tara is the reason. We would and have referred others to Tara as our realtor of choice. Both of us are grateful we had Tara Branham as our realtor. We are newcomers to the area and feel very fortunate to have found Tara. She truly is a gem.


~ Ramona and Don Jones

Tara helped me sell my house. She gave wonderful, sound advice. She knows the market, and worked to maximize my return. I can't wait to work with her again!


~ Laura Gonzalez

Tara helped us sell our home and buy our new one. She was so patient and narrowed our search so we didn't spend countless hours looking at properties that were not in our budget or did not meet our specifications. She was very quick to respond. We truly enjoyed working with her and would recommend her without reservation.


~ Stacey Kiessling

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