Realty 5000
Klaus Senftinger
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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Realty 5000
3046 Del Prado Blvd S
Cape Coral, FL 33904



What our clients are saying  

Mr. Senftinger has been recommended to us from two independent persons. After contacting him, he met us well prepared and punctual for the appointment. His friendly and competence way convinced us to sell our house with him. He accomplished to sell the house within 2 weeks for the price we wanted. The following sales transaction was flawless. We are very thankful for the entire processing.


~ Elke & Gerd S.

We have met Klaus & his wife Sally some years ago and shared our idea of investing in a home in Cape Coral. In November 2015 Klaus arranged a road-show with some more than ten potential homes. Because of his pre-selection and the professional preparation we found our new home within 2 days. After selecting the house, Klaus planned, managed and organized all relevant activities from home-inspection to title-company and help with listing at all utilitiy organizations. He prepared and timed all related activities and supported the closing process. During these processes, I have experienced Klaus as an absolute reliable, professional and competent partner. Always available with advice and who provided any support needed. No matter whether selling or buying property in the Cape Coral area : If you want to have a dedicated and trustworthy business-partner you need to work with Klaus.


~ Josef Sch.

We could find our dream home in Cape Coral with Klaus. During that time we did profit greatly from his experience in real estate. His know how helped us to evaluate the housing market and the realistic value of properties.With patience and competence he guided us through the entire transaction process. Not only he is a very terrific Realtor®, he is also a great human being. The well-being of his clients is more important to him than making a quick commission. For that reason we had a very strong base of trust from the beginning. Co-operation with Klaus was fun and we totally can recommend him.


~ Katja & Mirco K.

We are working with Realty5000 and personally with Klaus Senftinger for more than 14 years now. Klaus helped us to choose the right builder and a dream rental home on a wide canal came true. Five years later he helped us to sell the house when the market was on one of his highest peaks. He cared for everything so that we, acting from Germany, could trust in every step he made with us. Four years later in 2009, when the market was very low, he helped us to make the right decision, to buy a house at the river, best decision ever! He even helped us finding a contractor to make that old villa a wonderful home. When a friend of mine came to the decision to sell her house this year, he was the best choice, selling the house in 3 days on the market, by having the best high quality pictures taken, having showings every day and getting the best price for the seller. Realty5000 is a professional when it comes to buying and selling properties.


~ Jochem S. & Birk N.

We warmest recommend Klaus Senftinger. He is a very serious real estate broker with lots of knowledge and experience in his field. He supports his wife Sally managing vacation homes in Cape Coral. Our guests appreciate the care taking. Due to excellent service through Klaus and Sally we get a lot of repeating renters for our Florida vacation home. We are happy to have you – thank you very much!


~ Janine & Daniel M.

After our first meeting with Klaus we knew that we will find our Florida dream home with him. His service and engagement was outstanding in all aspects. What we can highlight in particular is his friendly and professional manner. We felt being taken care of at all times and he has supported us with his excellent market knowledge and experience. For us there is no better Realtor® in Cape Coral than Klaus and we highly recommend him to any prospect who is looking for a dream home.


~ Cornelia & Manfred A.

I experienced Klaus Senftinger as a very knowledgeable Realtor® during my home buying process in Cape Coral in 2008. He managed the transaction in my best interests while I was in Switzerland. Klaus has become a friend and I could rely on him and his supervision 100% during renovation of my property. I appreciate Klaus’ competence and clear way to express opinions. Finally he and his wife Sally are responsible for the property management of my Cape Coral home. For me this is a huge support and I am very thankful.


~ Urs Z.

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