Keller Williams Realty Gold
Kari Battaglia, PA
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  

Being new to Florida, we had no idea where to start......Kari was fantastic in helping us find our home, she made sure to show us the homes that had the features we were most interested in, while keeping it in our budget! From start to finish she was always a text or call away; promptly responding to any question we had. Great experience throughout! Definitely recommend

 

~ Ashley & David D.

Kari became known to us through her website & speaking directly with her convinced my husband and me that she would be the perfect Real Estate Broker for us. Kari was presented with the task of working with us from “out of state”, & with specific guidelines of what we were looking for. Our knowledge of Venice from previously living there; helped us pick the areas we wanted to look in, but to find just that “perfect house” could be a challenge...long hours of searching, daily updates, her honesty & integrity throughout the whole process & her most valuable knowledge in all phases of real estate was so impressive and paid off in the end. Kari went the “extra mile” with helping us in many areas that she wasn’t responsible for, in order to make our dream come true...she is the type of person I would be proud to also call a friend.

 

~ Judi & Dan C.

Kari was excellent in helping us close the purchase of our new home. Our real estate purchase took a long time to complete & there was a number of problems to sort out, but Kari dealt with all the issues in a quick & professional manner. We would definitely have her look after any of our future real estate transactions.

 

~ KPSpecht

Kari is as honest and hard working as they come. She made a very difficult process seem as smooth as silk. If you are looking to buy or sell a house in the greater Sarasota area you would be doing yourself an injustice to use anyone else!

 

~ BrokerByFord

Kari is a remarkable real estate agent. She worked with us on a short sale and never gave up, even when the market was at its worst. She is professional and extremely knowledgable of the area. I have recommeded her to family and friends and will continue to do so.

 

~ JulieGionfriddoFortune

Kari was terrific in all respects! My particular transaction took quite a while (no fault of hers) and she was patient, diligent and thorough. Ultimately, she "got it done" and I doubt that many other agents would have kept their commitment to me in the same way that Kari did.

 

~ sjhofmann

Kari is an agent that will go above and beyond..she did just that for us and our sale! She was everything you look for in an agent,a good communicator, great negotiator and very knowledgeable about our current market and the SW Florida area! She always had a calm way of dealing with even the most stressful of situations (even with a difficult buyer)! She always made us feel like she was on our side thru it all! She kept us informed thru out the entire sale process. Whether it was thru email,texts, or a phone call, we always knew what was happening. We were thankful to have such an amazing agent and have recommended her to others already!

 

~ Beth James

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