Del Lago Realty
Tim Oakes
Tim Oakes,GRI,CRS

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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 my clients are saying  

Tim was a huge help in regard to purchasing my first home. There is both professionalism and care that is promoted in his work, which are clearly expressed in every step of the process. I would recommend Tim to any individual looking to purchase a home, especially first-time home buyers!


~ Travis G.

Our experience working with Tim was excellent from beginning to end. In addition to his knowlege, professionalism and other necessary skills, he went the extra mile for us, provided support that was crucial for me, and brought our transaction to an amazingly satisfying conclusion.


~ Audrey & Harvey

We recently had the pleasure of working with Tim Oakes of Del Lago Realty. Having found our dream home Tim was always there for us, from the onset through the closing. We were so pleased with him we decided to have him put our existing home on the market. Working with him was an absolute pleasure! From our initial meeting and conversations, it was obvious that Tim was focused on us and not just a commission. He is highly knowledgeable about the local market and made sure we always felt like a priority. At each step, in both the purchasing of our new home, and the selling of our previous home, Tim went out of his way to ensure every detail was taken care of – from arranging inspections to researching potential issues with a property. He went over and above what we expected from a realtor, always keeping us informed and helping us with all the small details that paid off in the end. We will recommend him to everyone we know!


~ Dave & Carolyn D.

Tim listed and sold my mothers home in the Del Webb community. We had to move her in with us out of state because of health issues. I gave Tim the keys and he handled everthing from helping us figure out what to do with Moms furniture & items she wouldn't be needing, all the way to closing the sale for us. Being out of state Tim was able to keep me informed as we moved from securing a buyer, to getting through the inspections and appraisal, all the way to finalizing the sale and making sure the title company wired our proceeds to our back account. The entire process was flawless and thankfully Tim was helping us through a tough time. I would highly recommend Tim if you are looking to hire a real esate broker.


~ Terry W.

Tim has helped me purchase and sell several homes over the years here in the Tucson Area. He's a great negotiator and he worked through several inspection issues I had on one of my properties. Tim helped me find the right vendors to make repairs required for a VA loan. I would recommend Tim if you are looking to purchase a home or List your home. He has done both for me and excels at buyer and seller representation.


~ Matthew E.

Tim has helped us purchase and sell 6 homes in the last 20 years here in the Tucson Area. We kept using Tim because evey transaction was extremely smooth and pleasant. There were some bumps in the road like any real estate transaction but Tim was able to keep our transactions on the right track to close on time and without delays. We will definately be calling Tim to help us with our next move when the time comes.


~ Art & Sally A.

We bought one of Tim's listing several years ago. Our realtors worked with him and he made the purchase very easy. Our realtors said he was a pleasure to work with. My brother was having a difficult time finding a nice rental in May and I called Tim and asked if one of his listings in the Del Webb community could rent rather than sell. Tim connected me with the owner within 10 minutes and my brother had a house to rent that afternoon so he could be close to our aging mother who lives in the community. He definitely goes out of his way to help you and I highly recommend him!


~ Kim S.

I turned to Tim Oakes to list my Del Webb home after a bad experience with another realtor. I only wish I had selected him in the first place. Tim knows every property in the Del Webb community and is extremely helpful and above all experienced and professional. You cannot engage a better realtor for the Vail area, and Del Webb in particular.


~ Thomas K.

Tim helped us sell our home in Wingview here in Vail a few years ago. He did a superb job with the entire selling process. He even installed a couple TV mounts at the 11th hour prior to closing. We had taken our TV mounts from our Living Room & Master Bedroom by accident. Tim had mentioned that those items were supposed to remain in the home but we somehow weren't thinking. Tim going above and beyond was why we called him back several years later to help us with our purchase here in the Del Webb community. Needless to say his efforts with our purchase was exactly the same as our previous transaction that he had helped us with. We would certainly recommend Tim if you are in need of a Real Estate Broker.


~ Steve & Joann E.

We both thought Tim did a fantastic job with our home sale in Del Webb at Rancho del Lago. He was on top of everything every step of the way. He calmed me down when I was getting anxious and he was professional from day one. Thank you so much and we would recommend Tim to anybody because he is an excellent service as a real estate broker.


~ Debra & Tracy G.

Tim did a fantasitc job with the sale of our home and with our purchase in the Vail Area. He also helped my Parents with their purchase in the Del Webb community. His communication skills were much appreciated. He kept us up to date from offer acceptance all the way till we closed on our new home. Even the smallest of details was communicated to us throughout the transaction. We would highly recommend Tim if you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Southern Arizona area.


~ Jason & Vanessa S.

Tim sold our home in the Del Webb community during the Pandemic which was a challenging time for all of us. We moved out of state and left Tim with keeping an eye on our home and getting it sold for us. He sold our home in a timely fashion for a price we were very happy with. We would highly recommend Tim if you are thinking of Listing your home. His knowledge of the Local Real estate market was by far the best we found when interviewing Brokers to help us with our home sale . 5stars for sure.


~ Donna & Jim

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