Carte Homes Team At Re/Max Vantage
Carlos E Diaz, P.A. and Teresa "Terri" Diaz

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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  

Carlos and Terri at Carte Homes were such a pleasure to work with. Being our first experience in renting a home, we never thought the process would be so tedious. They certainly made it much easier to navigate. They stayed on top of every detail regarding availability, applications and walk-thru while even doing virtual showings as my fiancé was out of the country during much of this time. In a highly competitive time with a shortage of inventory, time is of the essence. Carlos and Terri will deliver for you, guaranteed. Thank you for going out of your way to find the right home for us... Jerry and Jenisse


~ Jerry Alicea

Carlos and Terri are more than just Real Estate agents! They are an amazing family that extends that same love to their extended Families! Carlos would answer the phone at any time and made sure to help us find our perfect Home ! Can't thank them enough! Will do any and all our Real Estate purchases with this amazing team !


~ Giselle Wagner

We are very pleased with you. We would like to work with you in all our real estate works from now on. Thank you Carlos and Terri.


~ Cem Akbulut

It was a pleasure working with Carlos and Terri on the purchase and subsequent rental of my first investment property in the Orlando area. They were very responsive to any questions I had throughout the process and were very knowledgeable with regards to the local real estate market. I hope to work with them on additional transactions in the future and would certainly highly recommend them to anyone.


~ Cody Bair

Carlos and Terri are the real dream team! They will give you 1000% of their dedication and hard work. I recommend their services to anyone looking for any rental or if you’re in the market to buy they will get you where you want to be. Thank you Carlos and Terri! :)


~ Darlene Schultz

Carlos and Teresa were everything that you could ever ask for as an Agent. They went the extra mile for us. I will use them again and recommend them to anyone. They were quick and responsive. They found what we were looking for.


~ Bruce Newmaster

Absolutely seamless process! Excellent service!


~ Annie Jean

Terri and Carlos are very attentive to their customers and they pay attention to the little details that a homeowner is looking for. I was shown a beautiful property on acreage and they even walked the entire property with me pointing out great locations for a garden, pond etc. They are very knowledgeable and professional, I highly recommend the Carte Team!


~ Robyn Towt

It was truly a pleasure working with you and your team! Buying property while living so far away was a challenge but you helped us at every step. You really listened to our wants and needs and made the process so much easier for us. The organization of setting up appointments was so great! Thank you again and we would highly recommend you to anyone!


~ Melissa Weiner

Carlos and Terri are amazing!! My boyfriend and I were looking to move from Maryland to Florida and only had a short time frame to find a home. We contacted Carlos literally a month before we needed to move and they found us a house in a week. They are both so friendly and wonderful to work with. They keep you updated through the whole process. They drove over an hour away to do a FaceTime tour of the home for us and did the inspection because we were still in Maryland. They both are very knowledgeable and able to answer any and all of your questions. They check on you multiple times during the process and are always available to help and answer any questions. We will be using them again when we start looking to buy a home.


~ Larissa B. Hughes

They were great!!!


~ George Morris

My husband and I will be forever grateful for the outstanding service and expertise provided by Carlos during our home buying process. Carlos was consistently professional, courteous, kind, friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help answer any questions or concerns we had. Carlos has a true passion for the work he does as seen by the amazing experience we had working with him. I highly recommend working with him!


~ Erenis Rangel

Gracias Carlos por todo el apoyo que me distes en el proceso de compra de mi casa siempre atento y dispuesto, siempre aclarando mis interminables dudas, siempre amable, profesional y respetuoso, Dios te bendiga mucho y lo recomiendo al 100%. Dios te bendiga a ti y a tu familia .


~ Ayuris Duran

Si totalmente... Los mejores .... Si quieren un servicio eficiente, honesto, rápido, profesional, humano, con absoluta transparencia ...... y sobre todo que NO pierdas tu dinero, que velan y cuidan por los intereses tuyos, que te den orientación con total conocimiento en bienes raíces, Carlos Díaz es el mejor. No pierdan tiempo, son muchos los que dicen ser” Realtors “pero como este caballero y su señora esposa NINGUNOS... y me quedo corta...


~ Sonia Nater

Carlos is a hard working and dedicated real estate agent. He was always so optimistic about getting my house sold and to see it sell as fast and for as much as it did I was amazed. He never gave up and always showed that he was dedicated to helping me get back my investment. I would recommend Carlos to anyone I know or love! Carlos is an amazing realtor who is dedicated to his clients needs! It was a pleasure working with him and we look forward to working with him again in the future.


~ Ryan P Johnson

Carlos is an excellent real estate agent. I would highly recommend his services. He was efficient from the first day to last. Holding multiple open houses and staying right on top of price movement. Carlos always kept us well informed of all showings and feedback. We will definitely be using his services again.


~ Gerald Johnson

Muy dedicado, muy profesional buscando lo mejor para su cliente y sabe como llevarlo de punto A hasta punto B. Siempre disponible para ayudar, muy transparente y conoce muy bien su trabajo. Lo recomiendo 150% a cualquiera que necesite comprar su casa. Yo estoy muy contento con Carlos Diaz.


~ Julio Laureano

Carlos is very professional in all business aspects. I would highly recommend working with Carlos in his real estate and property management businesses!


~ Diana Halloway

I recommend Carlos Diaz 100% and thank him for all the help and professionalism he applied to put me and my family in a new place.Thank you for going extra miles to help us .You're awesome!


~ Harold Carrier

I was very thankful for Carlos and his direct honesty. He helped me through each step of becoming a homeowner. He even helped me after closing and to make sure I had everything I needed. He is a perfect realtor for first time home buyers. I was impressed with how fast he answers all calls and his availability to show homes. I recommend him 100%.


~ Calvin McKnight

Carlos is a resourceful realtor. If he didn't have the answers, he would get them for you. He went above and beyond whenever I had any questions or doubts. He was there every step of the way. If you are looking for a home, start with Carlos because he will help you find what you want for sure. He would be someone I would go back to for help. Thanks Carlos, for your help and for caring!


~ Kam Mayorga

Thanks to Carlos my family and I were able to buy our first home with ease, Carlos walked hand in hand with us to ensure we understood every step that was taken, we are very happy with how things turned out and the person behind making everything as simple as possible, from the late night text to the random phone calls Carlos was there.... He exceeded our expectations and made us very happy. Thanks Carlos, we appreciate you.


~ Jamelia Joseph

I found Carlos very helpful and patient with the search for a second home. He was very honest and open to find something good for my needs.I found him respectful and communicative keeping me informed of the search. Carlos thank you for your great work.


~ Nilton Mayorga

Carlos did a great job helping us find our first home. Even though there were some up and downs during the process i.e, losing out of a bid or how much paperwork is needed, it still does not compare to finding the house of your dreams. That is what Carlos helped us do. Thanks again.


~ Marckenton Eugene

He is extremely helpful and has a great personality. He answered the phone and returned phone calls. HE ZEROED IN ON THE EXACT SPECIFICATIONS WE ASKED FOR.


~ Ron Sheridan

Carlos went above and beyond to help me. He managed to find me a great apartment with everything I needed. Negotiated the payment and lowered it for me. He made the process much easier starting from finding a place till signing the lease. He’s professional and always available for his clients even on Sunday’s. I’ll recommend him to everyone I know.


~ Farah Qaqa

Carlos is Amazing! I'm grateful for Carlos' expertise, professionalism, and patience. During a time when my family really needed professional help finding a home Carlos went above and beyond every step of the way. We are forever grateful. Thank you Carlos!


~ Melissa Campbell

Carlos was wonderful and gave us 100% of his efforts. Would highly recommend to anyone in search of a home!


~ Dana Sansevere

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