Big Block Realty
Sandra Zambito 01742223 Rebecca Meier 02064308
Sandra Zambito and Rebecca Meier

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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  

After coming off of a not great experience with another realtor, Sandra and Rebecca were like a breath of fresh air! They were immediately professional, focused, friendly and everything else you would hope for in a realtor. Within a week, we received amazing photos of our property (best I've ever seen) and we were all set to go with a weekend open house. From that point forth, Sandra and/or Rebecca were on it. It made us feel like we were their one and only due their excellent listening skills and follow through to get our home sold. In a challenging housing market with sky-high interest rates, our property was under contract in just about a month. There's no question our success was due to Sandra and Rebecca's friendly outreach, familiarity with the market place and just plain hard work to get the job done. We couldn't be happier with our experience! We recommend these two powerful, well-intended women wholeheartedly. We're positive you'll feel the same!


~ seablissful

One can't describe how much and how hard Sandra works for you. You often think, agents really don't do much to sell your home. That is not the case with Sandra. Phone calls were never a problem no matter the time, she would follow up with all inquiries. when our first buyer dropped out she was back at with potential new buyers in a very down market. Thanksgiving Day was not a problem as we negotiated with the new buyers that day and closed the deal.


~ sodonnell1950

Sandra is the ultimate professional. We have bought and sold several homes with her over the years and I have to say that her knowledge and attention to detail surpasses my expectations every time. Our last transaction was a bit complicated, and we had some unforeseen issues. Sandra handled all issues and the end result was positive. I can't say enough about her integrity, work ethic and expertise. You will be in good hands!


~ zuser20150420133202218

Sandra and Rebecca did an excellent job helping us get our Valley Ctr house sold. They were well-versed in our rural market, very familiar with the local details of Cal-fire insp., septic insp., horse property requirements/limitations and the like. They also helped immensely with the listing details, staging, landscaping tune-up, photography, promotion, publication and conducting open houses and showings. Because of their market savy and efficient execution, the house sold relatively quickly. Then our challenge was to sell/donate or otherwise dispose of furniture, books and other items that we couldn't accommodate in our new, smaller home. Again, they were extremely helpful to us in the logistics of wrapping, packing, transporting and donating our excess 'stuff'. They were sensitive to our needs, generous with their time and spot-on with their judgement concerning market conditions and the specifics of offer and counter-offer details and risks. We would recommend them highly.


~ TomThompson402

Sandra is so professional. She is on time, well dressed, and always prepared. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of the sale from financing to inspections. Her negotiating skills are top notch and she always puts a great deal of effort into advocating for her clients. We have used Sandra twice on property transactions and have been very pleased. She went above and beyond for us and we couldn't be happier using her services. When she sold our home she helped with staging, moving and even the garage sale. She actively sought out buyers instead of waiting for one to contact us.


~ Dr. Marcus Hochstetler

We've had the pleasure of working with Sandra twice now... Once to purchase our Valley Center, CA home, and then again to sell it. Her local knowledge, great rapport with other agents, and kind personality all contributed to another wonderful transaction recently. If you are looking for the best agent in North San Diego County and the surrounding areas, Sandra and her team are the ones to call!


~ Robert Campos

Sandra did an outstanding job of helping us in the purchase of a house in Temecula, CA. She goes above and beyond her duties to help us with any real estate needs. We have known her since 2009. We have recommended her to many of our friends in San Diego county and Riverside county. We will always look forward to working with her in any future real estate requirements.


~ pahujaghar

Sandra’s knowledge of the market and professionalism made the daunting task of selling our parents’ home so much easier to get through. As soon as we selected her as our agent, she kept us on track with everything that needed to be completed. She was always available to support us throughout the entire process. We have no question that we made the right choice in choosing Sandra as our realtor.


~ ladybug114

Sandra was extremely responsive and helped us through the process of buying our first home as a married couple. We were very comfortable through the whole process, and the entire home purchase couldn't have gone smoother. We've already recommended her to a friend and colleague who is interested in the area.


~ zuser20160328013946702

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