GOT Moving Guide

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MOVING GUIDE

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4 MOVING TIMELINE

Visual timeline to cover the month before the move 6 MOVING CHECKLIST

Daily checklist with detailed instructions to keep your move organized and efficient 9

MOVING COMPANIES

A hand-curated list of well qualified Austin moving companies for local and long distance moves 10

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS

A curated list of recommended Austin businesses available to help ensure your first few weeks in your new home run smoothly

14 WHOM TO NOTIFY

All parties who need to be notified of your move and change of address from government agencies to local utilities and how to contact them

Congratulations!

Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, relocating or buying your first home, you are opening new doors and settling into the next chapter of your life. While moving can be a stressful time, Gottesman Residential Real Estate is here to guide you with experience, due diligence and a lot of organization.

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TIMELINE

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DAYS BEFORE
MOVING 30
Purge and Donate
Research + Reserve Movers
Begin Packing
Let Someone Else Pack 12 DAYS BEFORE
Notify the Post Office
Transfer Services + Utilities
Alert Other Companies
Send Moving Announcements
Rent Storage Unit
Distinguish Valuables
Notify Mover of Hazards
DAYS BEFORE
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Confirm + List
Pack Essentials
Plan for Baby/Pet
Fragile
Photograph
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Clean Out Fridge/Pantry MOVING DAY!
Turn Everything Off
Keep Any Paperwork
Have Trash Bags on Hand
Keep Cleaning Wipes Handy
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easier, we’ve created this timeline to help maximize the use of
time. We love to cross off lists, so the next pages provide specific details about each step so you can keep on top of it. Don’t forget to set reminders on your smart phone calendar to ensure no task is overlooked.

MOVING CHECKLIST

30 DAYS BEFORE

Purge + Donate: Begin purging any unwanted, unneeded, or unused items before you move, as most moving companies charge per box or item. Many charities will come to your doorstep to pick up your unwanted belongings. Schedule a free donation pick up at Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Research + Make Reservations: Reserve a licensed and insured moving company. See our list of recommendations on page 9.

Begin Packing: Use speciality boxes for mirrors, kitchen glasses, televisions, and wardrobes. Use packing peanuts or white packing paper instead of newspaper to avoid ink bleeding in the Texas heat. Use colored tape to designate boxes to certain rooms for movers (i.e. kitchen supplies have blue tape, items in green-labeled boxes go to the master bedroom, etc.).

Let Someone Else Pack: Outsource all packing, moving, and unpacking. The services offered by Einstein Moving Co. will cater to your moving needs (512.815.8781).

12 DAYS BEFORE

Notify the Post Office: USPS will forward your mail for one year while you update your new address with the necessary organizations. The process is simple, free, and easy to do online.

Transfer Services + Utilities: Notify the City of Austin for utilities, Texas Gas, and your Internet, phone, and cable providers of your move. Schedule appointments for service installation if necessary.

Alert Other Companies: This includes your employer, the government, credit card companies, insurance providers, banks, and schools. Update the shipping address for subscription-based services like magazines and newspapers.

Send Moving Announcements: Paperless Post has great options to send either via email or snail mail.

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Rent a Storage Unit: Anything not going in your new home can be stored away. This is especially necessary for large furniture and seasonal items.

Distinguish Valuable Items: Separate important items like heirlooms and legal documents from the rest of your belongings to personally deliver to your new home.

Notify Mover of Hazards: Items like aerosols, ammunition, and even nail polish remover are considered hazardous materials and are illegal to ship without notifying your mover.

Apply for Residential Parking Permit: If applicable, gather necessary parking stickers, permits, and access codes for the new home. Neighborhoods like Travis Heights, SoCo, Downtown, and the East Side use permits.

7 DAYS BEFORE

Confirm + List Services: Be aware of the name, contact information, the exact services you are paying for, and the policies of the companies involved in every aspect of your move. Make note of the people who you confirmed with and discuss these services.

Pack Essentials Boxes: Include toiletries, linens, snacks, a change of clothes for each family member, tape measure, and a boxcutter.

Plan for Baby/Pet Sitters: Hire a babysitter or a petsitter if necessary for the day of the move and the first few days in your new home.

Photograph Breakables and Electronics: You’ll have a record if anything gets damaged during the moving process and you’ll also be able to reassemble confusing cords back into your television.

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MOVING CHECKLIST

2 DAYS BEFORE

Call a Locksmith: Arrange a time to have all the locks changed and get new keys for each family member. Designate a secret hide-a-key location as family members get used to new locks.

Clean Out Fridge / Pantry: Dispose or pack the remaining food out of fridges, freezers, and pantries.

MOVING DAY!

Turn Everything Off: Make sure all electronics and appliances are unplugged and all lights are off.

Keep Any Paperwork: Keep all paperwork including receipts and contracts in a separate folder.

Have Trash Bags on Hand: Unpacking produces a lot of trash, and it is necessary to have plenty of trash bags on hand to contain that waste. Remember, most moving materials can be recycled!

Have Cleaning Wipes on Hand: Hidden dirty cracks and crevices will appear as furniture is moved out, keep cleaning wipes handy for messes at the old and new houses.

Have Dinner Delivered: Don’t plan to cook for the first few days of being in your new home. Postmates and Favor are available to deliver meals from most restaurants in Central Austin, and the surrounding areas, that offer take-out. Instacart with deliver groceries within two hours for as little as $3.99.

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RECOMMENDED MOVING COMPANIES

We’ve moved a few times and so have our clients. These are recommended moving companies we’ve personally had great experiences with each one. This list is not intended to limit your choices in any way.

ASAP Moving | 512.343.6683

Einstein Moving Co. | 737.252.1557 (North) | 737.530.8111 (South) Greater Austin Moving | 512.766.6683

Square Cow Movers | 512.975.4400 (North) | 512.501.2430 (South) Webster Moving | 512.751.0893

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AUDIOVISUAL CONSULTANTS

Austin Home Systems | 512.293.3179

Bond’s TV & Electronics | 512.476.3551

Lone Star Video Audio | 512.694.5750

Vox Integrations | 512.300.0756

CLEANING: EXTERIOR

Capitol Chimney | 512.834.2261

Shine of Westlake: Pressure Washing + Window Cleaning 512.757.1157

Sunn Window & Gutter Cleaning | 512.444.5505

Top Hat Chimney Sweep | 512.352.0313

Westlake Power Washing | 512.280.1649

CLEANING: FLOORS

Boatright Hardwood Floors | 512.454.3641

Deep Eddy Carpet Cleaning | 512.452.9916

Steam Team | 512.451.8326

Stone Care of Texas | 512.250.2613

CLEANING: INTERIOR

Armadillo Cleaning | 512.695.2536

Merry Maids | 512.518.4328

Penny’s Personal Touch: Eco-Friendly | 512.248.0097

Susy Q Cleaning: Green Cleaning | 512.775.0652

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HANDYMAN

A+ Home Solutions | 512.515.9836

ABC Home & Commercial Services | 512.837.9500

Fixed | 512.574.5117

MEND Services | 512.206.3188

Task Rabbit | taskrabbit.com

HARDWARE STORES

Breed & Co. | 512.474.6679 | 718 W 29th St

Breed & Co. | 512.328.3960 | 3663 Bee Caves Rd

Harbor Freight Tools | 512.388.1818 | 2500 W Parmer Ln

The Home Depot | 512.703.4110 | 1200 Barbara Jordan Blvd

Lowe’s Home Improvement | 512.634.4330 | 8000 Shoal Creek Blvd

HOME FURNISHINGS: BED + BATH

Peacock Alley | 512.485.7750 | 3010 W Anderson Ln

Restoration Hardware | 512.342.0614 | 11720 Domain Blvd

West Elm | 512.320.5415 | 1011 W 5th St #100

Wildflower Organics | 512.320.0449 | 524 N Lamar Blvd c101

HOME FURNISHINGS: FURNITURE

Design Within Reach | 512.582.1336 | 11800 Domain Blvd #170,

NEST Modern | 512.637.0600 | 2603 S Congress Ave

Page Home Design | 512.477.2307 | 2408 Lake Austin Blvd

The Renner Project | 512.524.1334 | 3018 N Lamar Blvd

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HOME FURNISHINGS: FURNITURE (continued)

Shabby Slips Interiors | 512.478.5666 | 4807 Burnet Rd

Sparrow Interiors | 512.953.5615 | 3404 Jefferson St

Uptown Modern | 512.452.1200 | 5111 Burnet Rd

Wendow Fine Living | 512.284.9732 | 1601 W 38th St #9

HOME FURNISHINGS: MATTRESS

Casper | 254.221.1298 | 3121 Palm Way #124

Mattress Firm | 512.491.0411 | 3310 W Braker Ln #400

Purple | 512.884.6002 | 3211 Palm Way #146

Sleep Number | 512.832.4900 | 3310 W Braker Ln #100

Tuft & Needle | 512.675.6409 | 1011 S Congress Ave #130

JUNK REMOVAL

College Hunks Hauling Junk | 512.865.6500

Trade Ready LLC | 512.422.9142

LOCKSMITH

Cothron’s Security Professionals | 512.472.6273

Hulk Locksmith | 512.902.9212

ORGANIZERS

California Closets | 512.441.6061

Croswell Organizing | 281.546.9484

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ORGANIZERS

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Graceful Spaces Organizing | 512.953.3348

Jenny Stone Designs | jennystone@me.com

LSD Studio | 512.655.9501

Methodize Austin | 512.355.1057

NEAT Method Austin | 512.426.3511

Simplified Austin | 512.636.9448

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WHO TO NOTIFY WHEN YOU MOVE

Home Services & Utilities

• Telephone, Internet, and Cable Provider

• Spectrum

• AT&T U-Verse

• Grande Communications

• Google Fiber

• City of Austin for Electricity, Water, Wastewater, and Trash in Austin

• Texas Gas Service

• West Lake Hills for Sewage and Wastewater in Westlake

• Home Security Company

• Magazine, Newspaper, Periodical Subscriptions, and streaming services

Government

• U.S. Postal Service

• Internal Revenue Service *If you move after filing a tax return but before you get your refund, you will need to fill out Form 8822 and send it to the IRS.

• Voter Registration *When you change your address, your old voter registration card won’t be valid anymore, even if you stayed in the same state.

• Department/Registry of Motor Vehicles

Professional Services

• Attorneys

• Accountants

• Insurance Company

• Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, and Other Medical Professionals

Finances

• Banks

• Credit Unions

• Loan Companies

• Credit Cards, Charge Accounts, and Subscription Services

• Finance Companies

• Car Loans or Leases

• Financial Aid Office

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WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP

At Gottesman Residential Real Estate, we pride ourselves in being a full service brokerage. We hope this guide has made your move a little less stressful. If anything comes up during the process, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Your success is our success, and we want to make this transition as smooth as possible. call us: 512.451.2422 visit: gottesmanresidential.com stop by: 1501 Enfield Road Austin, Texas 78703

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