Prepare for Your Move

  • Update your mailing address at or fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office.
  • Change your address with important service providers, such as your bank(s), credit companies, magazine subscriptions, and others.
  • Create a list of people who will need your new address.
    Whether you plan on sending formal change-of-address notices in the mail or just e-mailing the family members, friends, and colleagues who should be informed, a list will ensure no one gets left out.
  • Contact utility companies
    Make sure they're aware of your move date and arrange for service at your new home if the service provider will remain the same.
  • Check insurance coverage.
    The insurance your moving company provides will generally only cover the items they transport for you. Ensure you have coverage for any items you'll be moving yourself.
  • Unplug, disassemble, and clean out appliances.
    This will make them easier to pack, move, and plugin at your new place.
  • Check with the condo board or HOA about any restrictions on using the elevator or particular exits or entrances for moving, if applicable.
  • Pack an "Open First" box.
    -Include items you'll need most, such as toilet paper, soap, trash bags, chargers, box cutters, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pens and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, towels, and basic toiletries.

If You're Moving Along Distance:

For the New Owners


Before the property changes hands, consult this list to make sure these items are transferred with the house.

  • Owner's manuals and warranties for any appliances left in the house.
  • Garage door opener(s).
  • Extra set of house keys.
  • Other keys. Think beyond the front doors; do you have any cabinets or lockers built into the home that require keys?
  • A list of local service providers, such as the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, and so on. You're not just helping the new owners, but also the local businesses you're leaving behind.
  • Code to the security alarm and phone numbers of the monitoring service if not discontinued.
  • Smart home device access. Any devices listed as fixtures need to be reset for the new homeowner. Make sure your account information and usage data are wiped from the device so that they may use it. Check with your device's manufacture to find out how to do this.
  • Numbers to the local utility companies. This can be especially helpful to owners who may not yet have easy access to the Internet in the new home.
  • Contact info for the condo board or homeowners association, if applicable.

Property Preparation: Before & After

Pre-listing preparation includes staging, interior and exterior painting, gardening, and replacing fixture to update the look and feel of your home. These recommended preparations appeal to the broadcast audience, maximize the return on your investment, and have more than paid for themselves in resulting sale price.

The following are examples from a recently sold listing refreshed and marketed by Stephanie Lamarre. Before Stephanie listed the home, it was listed by a different brokerage and sat on the market for months without an offer. After Stephanie's recommendations were complete, the home sold within 2 weeks for $5,400,000.

Painted cabinets and shelves soft white, installed new contemporary lighting fixtures above island and in dining area, proper staging with fresh appeal, professional photography.

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Impact of Home Preparation

The Presentation of Your Home Affects Buyer Perception

The "As Is" Option
Just The Basics
Update Finishes
Deeper Details
Comprehensive Upgrades
Sellers stay in residence
No Prep work performed
Professional cleaning service
Maximize space, no staging
Sellers move out of residence
Paint interior and exterior of house
Front landscaping clean-up or re-do
New and refinished flooring
Replace light fixtures, knobs and faceplates
Upgrade appliances, carpet and flooring
Address "decision rooms"
Backyard landscaping clean-up or re-do
Priority repairs
Contemporize all aesthetics in house
Upgrade counters and surfaces
Upgrade appliances
Upgrade bathrooms
Complete all repairs on inspection report

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Next Level Concierge

Frequently Asked Questions For Clients

Clients who understand the value of working with professionals and the risks inherent with unlicensed and uninsured contractors will benefit from our program that is consistent with our unparalleled brand. We can provide:

  • Design curated improvements and staging with no cash outlay
  • Targeted and engineered to
    • Minimize your scope of work,
    • Enhance your return on investment
    • Speed the sale of your home
  • Provide protection
    • Satisfaction Guaranteed
    • Insured and licensed vendors
  • Widest range of scope of work including
    • Staging & cosmetic renovations
    • Structural repairs and improvements
    • Moving, packing, cleaning and decluttering
    • Inspections and Reports
    • Stays at luxury hotels during construction

No. These services can be offered to homeowner clients at all price points. The scope of work also has no arbitrary price limitations. It just needs to be within the expected equity value and make sense as a way to expedite the sale and enhance the selling price.

This is not available for (a) spec properties or developments, (b) properties that are currently in foreclosure, (c) properties owned by sellers currently in bankruptcy, (d) properties with insufficient equity.

  1. List your property with a Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty agent.
  2. They will submit the request and connect within 1 business day with a concierge who will discuss: (budget, time frame, scope and preferred vendors.
  3. A Designer will schedule a walkthrough with you and your agent to determine the best scope of work.
  4. The Designer will obtain bids from and create a proposal for you and your agent to review and approve. 
  5. The program is designed to expedite your sale by doing cost-effective home modifications and quality staging with no cash until the end of the listing term or other term specific to your property and scope of work.

The cost of the program varies according to the services provided. Other programs may tout free pricing while taking kickbacks or providing inflated base bids from contractors.

Our partner, Zoomcasa seeks to minimize the cost of the vendors and provide competitive bundled pricing in line with the market and based on availability of contractors. The total fee provided include the added program benefits -

  1. Providing the cash up-front for work – see payment coverage details
  2. Contract Administration
  3. Insured and Licensed Vendors
  4. Satisfaction Guaranteed
  5. Freeing your agent to focus on marketing your property

Typically, a Designer can visit your property within a week. The timeline for the proposals and completion are dependent on the local demand and complexity of the project. Staging is obviously quicker than putting on a new roof!


Next Level Concierge

"Cash-Free" Property Preparation

Our streamlined Next Level Concierge program goes above and beyond all others. With no cash-outlay, this innovative property preparation program provides a wide scope of possibilities, from staging and cosmetic renovations to structural repairs and improvements. Our team of licensed and insured vendors help to prepare your property for its best debut to market.

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Stephanie gives her clients the “insider edge” in real estate—including intimate knowledge of the market trends, neighborhoods, schools, remodeling services, staging, and myriad other resources that make life easier for both buyers and sellers.

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