A Handy Moving Guide

A Handy Moving Guide


Are you anticipating a move in the next few months? Whether moving across town or across the country, having a comprehensive moving list in your arsenal will help make the moving process smoother and less stressful. Your first steps will include preparing your home and your personal information for your move. Be sure to know the utilities you’re responsible for and transfer them (the sooner the better).

Step One: Transfer Your Information

It’s important to remember all of the agencies, businesses and utilities that require an address change. The ones that directly impact your move should be the first to update:

  • Telephone
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • DSL/Cable/Phone/Internet
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Fuel/Oil
  • Water

Be sure to check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if moving is covered, and check to see if the home is covered when you transfer fire, theft, and other personal property insurance.
Also remember to update your address with these important agencies:

  • DMV
  • Post Office
  • Bank
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Social Security
  • Insurance Companies
  • Employers

Step Two: Find Packing Supplies

Boxes and tape can add up to a lot – if you’re looking to cut costs on the move search sites like Craigslist for boxes and moving supplies; go to a local big box store and ask if they can provide you with boxes (the produce boxes generally stack and can carry heavy loads); call a furniture store and see if they have boxes they are looking to get rid of; ask friends and family who have recently moved if they have any boxes to spare. You will also want to get a hand truck (one that can handle at least 150lbs), furniture dolly, a good box cutter, a pair of scissors and a regular knife.

Step Three: Get a Truck

If you’re going the DIY route, you’ll need to figure out the number of miles you’ll be travelling and whether or not a per mile rental or a rental that doesn’t count the miles is the better option for your budget. Also consider if you’ll want to have insurance on the truck itself should you be in an accident, and understand what you are and are not liable for if there are any incidents or accidents. Reserve the truck as far in advance as possible – the summer months and weekends are the busiest times for moving companies. If you’re considering hiring movers, check out websites like movingscam.com and others to make sure you use reputable companies who have your best interests at heart.

Step Four: Take Measurements

You know your current furniture fits in your current home, but will it fit in your new home? Take some time to make an appointment at your new property (if you can!) and measure to make sure your large pieces of furniture, and any new furniture or appliances you plan on buying, will make it through a door. Bring a tape measure and measure the length and width of the doorways. This is also a great time to evaluate the walls for potential wallpaper application, paint, or locating good areas to hang pictures, etc.

Step Five: Sort and Pack

It’s time to start sorting your items and packing them up. Some people believe packing by room is the easiest way to go, but sometimes it’s not realistic. If sorting by room is what will help you get the job done, feel free to do that. If you’re looking for other options when it comes to packing your things, you can pack by sorting things: sheets and bedding, electronics, kitchen supplies, etc. If you have a lot of miscellaneous items or designated junk drawers, find all these items first and use them as fillers for boxes that need extra items. Be sure to label everything, and it is a good idea to keep your boxes as room specific as possible.
Do you like making lists and knowing all the items you have? If you are moving cross country or cross state, it’s a good idea to have a list of all your items, including numbered boxes and the contents of each box. If you’re into technology there are a number of moving apps available for tablets and smart phones that can help you label and manage your boxes. If you like to be more hands on, you can always label and number your boxes and keep a comprehensive list of each box, its contents, and its number.

Step Six: Set Aside the Essentials

You’ll need mainly clothing and toiletries that can fit easily into a suitcase for your move. Put everything you need into the suitcase/bag and live out of it while you pack up your belongings. You’ll know where everything is as you move, and you won’t accidentally pack an essential. Other items to put to the side and have ready for the new house:

  • Medicine
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sheets and towels
  • Toothbrushes and toiletries
  • Paper goods
  • Disposable plates and silverware
  • Foil, plastic bags, and plastic containers
  • Microwave (if the new place doesn’t have one)
  • Vacuum
  • Garbage bags
  • Tool kit
  • Ladder
  • Extension cord
  • Light bulbs
  • Cleaning items

Other things to consider and do:

  • Who will watch your children or pets on moving day? Do you need to hire a sitter?
  • Do you have house plants to transport? Most movers don’t move houseplants, especially on long-distance or out-of-state moves.
  • Remember to disassemble shelving, closet systems and any other large items you plan to take with you
  • Gather personal records (medical, dental, etc.)
  • If you have children, arrange to transfer school records if needed
  • Cancel any newspaper subscriptions
  • If you are moving out of state, refill all prescriptions so you have extras on hand, and transfer any current prescriptions to a new pharmacy close to your new home

Moving can be very stressful. Take the time before a move to be proactive: know what needs to be done ahead of time so you are not scrambling at the last minute to pack and organize your home. Utilize the items above to help make your move as problem-free as possible, and have fun in your new home.

Reliance Network Passes 120,000 Client Count

Reliance Network, the nation’s leader in real estate intranets and integrated MLS/search technology, has crossed 120,000 clients and 100 major Real Estate companies across the United States and in Europe.

Since the merger between Brokertec Systems and Reliance Network in the Fall of 2013, client excitement has been taken to an all-time high. New technologies are being released consistently, including small brokerage (WordPress-based) platforms as well as new managed SEO services and upgraded HTML 5 mobile interfaces.

Now Reliance offers in-house creative and marketing services as well, including customized CRM content and design, as well as full feature layouts for every scale of the existing platform. With the addition of staff from the former real estate agency, The Brick House Project, some of the best creative, content and SEO services are now available in one location.

For a list of all search-related functions built into the custom MLS system, click here.

Come Meet Us at NAR’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo and Learn About the Technology Tools That Will Take Your Company to the Next Level

BrokerTec Systems will appear at the annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo event presented by the National Association of REALTORS® November 11th-14th in Anaheim, California.

We will appear amongst the top industry vendors across the country, presenting the latest innovative tools specifically geared towards real estate professionals. At BrokerTec Systems, we offer a variety of real estate web technology services – everything from custom website development and design to lead management systems and Microsoft Exchange email solutions.

To schedule a one-on-one meeting with us at the event, contact Aaron Dalgord at 360-601-1718 or Aaron@BrokerTecSystems.com.

For more information the technology services we offer top real estate companies and mortgage companies across the country, call 877.231.3209 or visit www.BrokerTecSystems.com today.

Featured Product of the Week: Custom Real Estate Blogging Solutions

At BrokerTec Systems, we offer a variety of real estate web technology services – everything from custom website development and design to lead management systems and Microsoft Exchange email solutions. Our fastest growing product when it comes to popularity with Realtors and other industry professionals across the country, however, is our custom blogging solution.

Leveraging easy-to-use WordPress blogging software, we help clients develop and design blogs they can use to dispense company information and publish articles and news feeds that are relevant to their clients or to the services they provide. After all, social media is the leading tool to reach your potential and existing client base when it comes to the current real estate climate.

Here is just a sampling of blogs we have recently developed for our clients:

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Featured Client of the Week: Keyes Company Realtors


At BrokerTec Systems, we offer industry-leading technology solutions and real estate web products for companies and agents around the globe. The newest real estate brokerage client to hire us to develop a custom real estate technology solution for its company and agents is Keyes Company Realtors, which specializes in the South Florida real estate market.

Check out the brand-new website we just launched for Keyes Company Realtors: http://live.keyes.com/ Integrated into the new site is our innovative property search technology, automated email prospecting, back-end client management (CRM) system, and much more!

Since The Keyes Company’s founding more than 80 years ago, its team of professionals has cultivated a well-respected reputation for meeting the real estate needs of families and businesses throughout southern Florida, as well as nationally and internationally. 

The independently-owned family business’s remarkable longevity is testament to its performance and success within the full range of market conditions. Through Keyes’ network of offices, professional associates and strategic partnerships, the company is able to serve customers locally, regionally and worldwide. Keyes consistently ranks among the Top 100 real estate companies in the country, as measured by both sales and transaction volume. For more information about Keyes Company Realtors, visit: http://live.keyes.com/

For details about the custom company website development and technology management services we offer top real estate companies and mortgage companies across North America, call 877.231.3209 or email info@brokertecsystems.com today.

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At BrokerTec Systems, we offer a plethora of innovative web products and services designed to capitalize on the integration of distinctive real estate sales and lending products for mid- to large-size real estate companies and top real estate professionals across the country. Our mission is to help modern real estate brokerages and Realtors realize the added financial, competitive and operational benefits afforded by specialized technology integration.

Today, we offer one of the most successful and comprehensive real estate technology product lines in the U.S.

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Featured Partner of the Week: Google

When it comes to custom real estate websites and business solutions, BrokerTec Systems offers some of the most powerful tools in the marketplace. Our industry-leading BrokerCentral™ and AgentCentral™ websites are ideal for both small and large real estate companies that are looking to grow their online business. These high-tech, full-featured websites are produced under a common framework, allowing us to launch new websites and enhancements rapidly.

Through our partnership with Google – one of the world’s most robust search engines – we are able to offer specialized Google mapping technology with our BrokerCentral product and each AgentCentral website we create. The Google Maps MLS Search we offer our brokerage and Realtor clients is fully integrated and agent-branded. Listings are just a couple of clicks away!

According to its website, Google’s mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. At Google.com, you can check stock quotes and sports scores, scan the latest news headlines or get directions to a new Happy Hour spot. You can even search photos, videos, maps and so much more!

At BrokerTec Systems, we believe that having Google as a partner further strengthens the real estate resources we provide and we are proud to leverage such a robust system.

To learn more about Google, visit www.Google.com.

For more details about our agent and broker business solutions, including our Google Mapping technology, call 877.231.3209 or schedule a demonstration today. To see more of our featured partners, visit www.brokertecsystems.com/partners.php

Featured Clients of the Week: Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS & 1862 Mortgage

At BrokerTec Systems, we work with real estate brokerages, mortgage companies and individual Realtors across the entire United States – from the Pacific Northwest to the to the southern tip of Florida. One of our featured clients of the week is Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS, a real estate firm based out of Davenport, Iowa.

Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS boasts 250 sales associates, 60 employees and 10 residential offices serving eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The prestigious real estate company specializes in Residential Brokerage, Relocation Services and New Construction Marketing. In addition, Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company – the brokerage’s commercial division – has 36 sales associates and 19 employees with offices in Davenport, Dubuque and Des Moines. Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial specializes in Commercial-Industrial Brokerage, Property Management, and Development.

In addition to helping Ruhl&Ruhl set up their real estate technology system, we also serve its mortgage affiliate, 1862 Mortgage. In partnership with Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS, 1862 Mortgage offers a convenient one-stop experience for its clients’ home buying and home financing needs. Ruhl&Ruhl and 1862 Mortgage work closely together to ensure that each of their customers’ transactions is seamless and hassle-free.

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Who is BrokerTec Systems?

Partner with BrokerTec Systems and join more than 40 leading brokerages and nearly 20,000 real estate professionals who utilize our business solutions every day. We have the custom technology tools you are looking for to stay on the cutting edge of today’s ever-changing real estate climate. 

From leading company and agent websites to extensive back office applications and automated prospecting tools, at BrokerTec Systems we offer business solutions that are tested and endorsed by top producing agents and industry-leading brokers across the country. Our services include:

–           Real estate website design & development services
–           Company and agent websites
–           Search engine optimization (SEO)
–           Custom MLS, IDX, RETS & CMA solutions
–           Real Estate Contact Management (CRM)
–           Automated prospecting and keep in touch
–           Online seller and listing activity reports
–           Business Forms and eSignatures
–           Market trend reporting
–           Online advertising strategies
–           Ad agency quality marketing resources
–           Social media solutions
–           Email services
–           State-of-the-art support and training
–           Experienced virtual assistance programs 

BrokerTec Systems, LLC specializes in the unique challenges of integrating business technology in the real estate and mortgage industries. Since 1993, BrokerTec Systems’ principle partners have a proven track record of developing, operating and marketing innovative products for mid to large size real estate companies and top real estate professionals. Today, BrokerTec Systems offer one of the most successful and comprehensive product lines in North America. BrokerTec Systems is currently working with more than 40 companies in the United States and Europe – companies ranging in size from 50 to more than 5,000 agents and employees looking for a high-tech competitive edge.

For more information about BrokerTec Systems, please call 877.231.3209 or contact us today. Visit www.BrokerTecSystems.com to learn more.          

Featured Client of the Month: Prudential Northwest Realty Associates

At BrokerTec Systems, our service coverage extends across North America and into Europe. Of the nation’s top 40 real estate companies and nearly 20,000 real estate agents, many of the companies we serve are Prudential affiliate companies. One of the most respected names in business, the Prudential tradition dates back more than 130 years.

One of the Prudential affiliate companies we currently provide business solutions for is Prudential Northwest Realty Associates. Serving the Great Puget Sound area in Washington State, Prudential Northwest Realty Associates is nationally recognized as having some of the top real estate professionals in the Prudential Real Estate Network when it comes to both production and service. With seven offices spread throughout the Seattle metropolitan area, Prudential Northwest Realty Associates leverages much of the revolutionary web and business technology we offer real estate companies.  

For more information about Prudential Northwest Realty Associates, please visit www.pnwrealty.com.To learn more about the services we offer companies such as Prudential Northwest Realty, call 877.231.3209 or click here. If you are a Prudential affiliate who is not familiar with BrokerTec Systems, please email info@brokertecsystems.com for more information about what we can offer your company.