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David Fontana

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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  

I would recommend Dave Fontana to any one. He is a professional and gives a 100%. He cares about what is important to you. He had listings lined up and ready with our schedule. He is dedicated to finding you the home you are looking for. Dave cares and that is what I seen right away.


~ Stephen and Jane

Purchasing a house is a big deal and can be very stressful, but Dave does a great job of keeping the process easy and fun! He knows the Orlando and surrounding markets extremely well and will get you into the community that fits your lifestyle. I could not be more happy with choosing Dave as my realtor


~ Tonya Vance

Dave listed my home for sale recently. He was very responsive, knowledgeable and attentive throughout the whole process of the sale. He is easily approachable and has an open and cheerful personality. We had a very smooth selling process and everything went well in a timely way. Would highly recommend him for his excellent interpersonal skills as well as the ability to help you sell your home effectively.


~ John

Dave was a pleasure to work with and helped us sell our home very quickly! We would use him again and again and again, he was great! We would recommend him to any one looking to sell or buy in the Central Florida area, he is very knowledgeable in the market and has a lot of years of experience!


~ Marisa and Tom

Dave has sold two of my homes and was our sales agent for two purchases. I cannot find enough superlatives to describe him. Dave's personality is perpetually positive, but he balances that out with a sense of pragmatism that allows him to provide authentic advice on pricing, as well as needed improvements. On the purchasing side, Dave demonstrates remarkable patience and local area knowledge. He was able to identify properties that met both our preferences and price range. Overall, Dave is knowledgeable, hard working and, most importantly, an honest person you can trust


~ James and Sara Mcdonald

Dave has sold two of my homes and was our sales agent for two purchases. I cannot find enough superlatives to describe him. Dave's personality is perpetually positive, but he balances that out with a sense of pragmatism that allows him to provide authentic advice on pricing, as well as needed improvements. On the purchasing side, Dave demonstrates remarkable patience and local area knowledge. He was able to identify properties that met both our preferences and price range. Overall, Dave is knowledgeable, hard working and, most importantly, an honest person you can trust


~ Jake and Sam Novak

I recently moved back to Central Florida after living out of state for many years. A "friend of a friend" gave me Dave's name. From our initial phone conversation, Dave impressed me with his knowledge of the local market. I had a long list of "must-haves" and Dave found me properties that met all of my criteria. Even after my offer was made, Dave remained in constant touch to make sure everything went smoothly. A last minute issue with my lender would have deterred others, but Dave had a "plan B" in place to make sure I was able to close on time. Best realtor I have ever worked with.


~ Mary Hardey

Dave I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for Jason and I in this house hunting process. I never thought in a million years I would be buying such a beautiful first time home. I feel like the luckiest first time home buyer ever! You are truly gifted at your work and have been such a pleasure to get to know and work with. Thank you for your patience, moral support and educating us along the way. I couldn't be more thankful to Teresa for the recommending you to us and will without a doubt ALWAY recommend you to family and friends, You are our Realtor (if we ever decide to move again) and we absolutely insist that we keep in touch. Whenever you are in Lakes of Windermere, (Which is about once a week) the door is always open. Thank you again Dave for everything, you are absolutely the best Realtor ! Sincerely, Lesley and Jason


~ Lesley and Jason

Dear Dave, Thank you again for all the hard work in the sale of our townhouse. Without your expertise we would never have been able to negotiate the complexities of the sale. Thanks also for always being available to answer my many matter how many times I asked them. Gina and I are so thankful to work with you as our agent.Jeff and Gina


~ Jeff and Gina

A big THANK YOU to Dave for helping us on the short sale of our house! Dave is tenacious, determined and like a pitbull when it comes to fighting the banks for your interest. He was there calling the banks several times a week for updates and communication. He kept us informed and educated on the process and "whats next". I honestly wish I would have contracted him years ago to sell that house. I have dealt with several real estate agents and can say without a doubt Dave YOU ARE THE BEST!Angel Perez


~ Angel Perez

Thank you Dave for all you did to get us to today. We’re very excited to be moving into our home and I do hope we’ll maintain the relationships we developed and fostered with you in the years to come. You will be on our referral list!! Phil & Jessica Corpuz


~ Phil and Jessica

Dave Fontana is the best realtor in Central Florida!! He made this process easier than what I have imagined. He was able to target all the areas in search of a house. He was never busy to answer any questions or concerns. I really appreciated this. I will recommend his service to any of my relatives or friends. Thank you Dave for being a part of this great experience. Denise Sylvester


~ Denise Sylvester

Dave Fontana is an excellent realtor. He took care of our transaction with the utmost professionalism and thoroughly guided us through the entire sale process. We are very satisfied with his service and will recommend him to all our family and friends." Iren Brassard


~ Iren and David Brassard

Dave, I want to thank you for all the help you gave us during the process of finding and buying our new home. We couldn't have asked for a better realtor to help us through it all. We really love the house and will definitely invite you to the pass by once we are fully settled. Thanks again for all the help and advice you have given us. … p.s. you better still be in the business when it comes time to sell the house.” Beth Cleary When we first started looking for a house we knew where we wanted to live but not much else. We started working with Dave and were extremely happy with how things went. Every home buying process is unique and Dave does everything he can to make sure you get the home you want. His experience in real estate shows when he is walking you through the home buying process. If my friends ever need a realtor it will be Dave that we recommend. Steve and Gianna Gallant


~ Steve and Gianna Gallant

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