Patterson Realty
Janice & Richard Patterson

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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  

I had been trying to make contact with a buyer’s agent for a couple of weeks with a lot of no call backs and unimpressive first contacts. A web request for agents got a handful of replies and Janice caught my eye. When we contacted her we saw interest, energy and enthusiasm that was lacking in other agents. We had a focused area of interest for a new home and she understood our need as we waited for the right property to become available. When a potential property because available she presented us with a range of available homes to visit and we selected one that met our needs. Janice remained actively in contact as the new construction proceeded, and acted quickly and effectively when a time constrained closing jeopardized financing. Janice Patterson was a pleasure to work with from start to finish, made us feel someone was fighting for us and left us happy and satisfied home owners.


~ David & Sylvie C

"We received very helpful assistance in the search and purchase process of our new home in Florida.. Ms. Patterson very professionally listened to our wishes and limitations and was well prepared to find and show us homes that met our expectations. We were successful in finding and purchasing our home in one day. I recommend highly her professional and hard-working assistance to others looking to purchase their next home." Gary Johnson


~ Gary Johnson

My husband and I worked with Janice and her son Pat from Patterson Realty when we were looking to buy a rental property. They were fantastic! They are so kind and always willing to go out of their way to help. Janice was always willing to show us any home we might be interested in. She really took her time and we never felt rushed. When we found the one we were searching for, she made the process of putting in an offer and dealing with the paperwork a breeze. I would recommend using Patterson Realty to anyone looking to buy a new home. They are very professional and wonderful to work with!


~ Stephanie Hooper

Patterson Realty provided excellent service in helping us to purchase the perfect home. Janice is a great listener as she found exactly what we were looking for in the home. She is knowledgeable of the area and attentive to details. Thanks Patterson Realty for a job well done! I rate you a 5 out of 5


~ Debra Knerr

Janice was very professional but at the same time personal , she called me daily to keep me informed on the status of the property she was selling for me , I travel a lot so she handled everything perfectly for me , I didn’t do anything but show up and sign the papers , she did the rest , totally awesome , definatley will use her again .


~ Donovan Wilson

I am very pleased with Patterson Realty of Mont Dora Fl. I listed my property in Lady Lake FL with Patterson Realty in May 2018. It was sold and sealed in Jan 2019. I was discouraged when a guy used us in a way that was not very good, but Ms Patterson just tried harder and got the job done. Thank you Ms Patterson for a job well done.


~ Eugene Van Houten

Janice, I just want to Thank you for working with my Dad. As you know he was a very difficult customer. Demanding to see homes at a moment notice and changing his mind continuously. I really appreciate you making yourself available and being very flexible when he changed his mind and backed out of a deal and bought another home in the same hour! You and your son were awesome!!! You made our experience a pleasant one. Thanks again Jo-Ann


~ Jo-Ann

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