Silicon Valley Realty Network
Paul Drozdiak
Broker/Owner BRE#01240512
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  

Paul was recommended to us by a friend who just got her house through him. He was very helpful with our house search. He guided us in choosing a house that we won't regret and within our budget. His aggressiveness and quick actions have helped us secure our house in the midst of bidding wars. We almost surrendered after a few lost bids but he keeps on encouraging us. Thanks Paul. Hoping to work with you again


~ Amor and Beth

We had absolutely no experience in buying a house, since this was our first house ever and we had just moved to the USA from Sweden. Lucky for us, we got contacted by Paul who invited us to a meeting to discuss our plans and goals. Paul explained the process over a cup of coffee and that was the start of our education of the housing market in Silicon Valley. Paul took us to a number of houses and pretty early we found our dream home. Unfortunately we were-out bid on that home initially and Paul took us to some other homes all over the south bay all they way down to Gilroy. But we and Paul never gave up on the dream home. As it happened, the house came back on the market and Paul was able to present another offer from us to the seller. Today we are the happy owners of our dream home in Silicon Valley. Thanks Paul


~ Mike and Susanna from Sweden

Paul, was the first person who contact us immediately when we sent a request to view the house around my old place. We spoke to him on the phone and he was very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable about the market. He was honest with his opinion about the other houses that we look at, for example the location, the price. etc. He is very flexible with his time to meet our time availability. Thank you Paul for your help and hard work! I definitely recommend Paul if you need help with buying houses.


~ Jan

As someone new to the US and on my first buy here, I wanted to work with someone who can make the process easy and specifically looked for knowledge and experience. Some of things I really appreciated his help with - - Advice on deciding for the location - Advice on current market conditions, historic and parameters that affect real estate prices - Understanding the buying process, managing the same step-to-step - Mortgage, seller agent, escrow and various other players and making sure I was informed about the process and progress. Paul communicates clearly and effectively. He made us comfortable through the entire buying. I would highly recommend Paul and certainly would love to work with him again for my future real estate deals.


~ Vijayan

Paul is a wonderful agent. His experience with the Northern California housing market is one of the best. His expertise in dealing with every aspect of buying our home was remarkable, and his personal attention throughout the process was greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Paul to anyone interested in selling or buying property in the Bay Area.


~ Ryan and Kim

I want to thank Paul at Silicon Valley Realty Network for doing a great job in selling my home in San Francisco and the purchase of my new home in Gilroy. He was able to get my home sold for more than 13% over the asking price which was more than $100,000!!! It was time for me to downsize and move to a warmer location and closer to my grandchildren. He is highly recommended and will do a great job! Thanks, Paul!


~ Carolyn Olsen

Paul was great as our realtor! From his proactiveness when he first contacted us to his patience throughout the entire process since we were pretty selective buyers with high standards. I will definitely use Paul again in the future. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.


~ Michael and Alanna

I would strongly recommend Paul Drozdiak's services as broker. Mr. Drozdiak provided us with exceptional and diligent service in locating and in the purchase of a condo in Sunnyvale. I believe we received the best price possible and the best advice, thanks to the efforts that were put in by Mr. Drozdiak.


~ Zenobia

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