Century 21 Island Life
Robert U. Valenzuela, P.A.
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  

We would highly recommend him to anyone buying or selling a house in the Keys. We bought the house as he was the realtor and sold with him. A gem of a person and realtor!

 

~ Henry & Lori Coombs

It was a pleasure to work with Robert. He's extremely knowledgeable about the market and real estate in general. He was very easy to work with and answered all of our questions throughout the process.

 

~ Alex & Brenda Novo-Torano

Robert is excellent.

 

~ Bellina & Orly Toledo

Great job!! Very professional. Robert is great and excellent managing end to end transactions. Always here to help and assist. Once again, awesome job!!

 

~ Jorge & Rita De La Torre

I can never thank you enough for helping me find and negotiate my dream home and for all the advice that goes way over and beyond your responsibilities. You are a professional in every sense of the word. Thank you.

 

~ Daisy Gomez

Robert is an honorable man, a pleasure to do business with. I could not be more pleased.

 

~ Jill Murphy

We have already recommended him. He has history and knowledge of Key Largo that is priceless. Robert provided excellent hands on assistance with everything. Now I'm happy to call him my neighbor.

 

~ Mayte & Rolando Rodriguez

Great real estate agent.

 

~ Juan & Beatriz Colao

It was my first time buying a home. Robert was patient and made it easy. He treated me like family. I recommend him to people all the time!

 

~ Samantha Ellis

Robert was very friendly. We like working with him very much and would use him again. Thanks for all of your help!

 

~ Ray Sharp & Christy Luent

Outstanding service and professionalism received from Robert. He went out of his way to help us. Property sold within one week. He's the best!

 

~ Ileana & Gil Rodriguez

He was wonderful, courteous, and did all he could to sell my home. I have already recommended Robert to my friends and will continue to tell anyone else who is looking for a new home.

 

~ Kevin & Michele Pederson

The realtor is a true professional. Everything was great! He was excellent. I will refer him every chance I get. Very service-oriented.

 

~ Andy & Bertha Fernandez

Robert Valenzuela was very honest, professional, and very courteous with us. On behalf of the Salgado family, we want to thank Mr. Valenzuela for all his patience and kindness. In our opinion, Robert was outstanding with his performance and we will definitely recommend him to our friends and family.

 

~ Carmelo, Rosa, and Maria C Salgado

He's very good at what he does and knows his market.

 

~ Peter & Lourdes Pinto

He was wonderful! So helpful, words do not describe how much he helped us!

 

~ Amy & Stephen Scott

Excellent service! Robert was available anyday at anytime. He was always very friendly and helpful! He was excellent. I know that he will help my friends/relatives and they will be satisfied.

 

~ Daniel & Rosie Pou

He was very kind & helpful. He listened to us and found us the exact house we were looking for. I will recommend Robert to all my friends. It was a very pleasant experience dealing with Robert.

 

~ Didio & Monica Victores

For the last few years we have been buying, selling and building properties here in the Florida Keys. Robert has been part of our success since we started doing business with him. He is very dedicated, knowledgeable, professional, and most of all personable. We have and will continue to recommend Robert to all our friends, family and business partners.

 

~ Rene & Fradys Castillo

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