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Moving Checklist to keep your next move moving!

A helpful moving checklist to make your next move go smoothly

Are you planning a move in the next year?  Do you need help downsizing or are you considering relocating out of state?  A good moving checklist can be helpful when arranging a move.

6 months prior to a move:

  • Research your new community and schools.

60 days before move date:

  • Get quotes from three movers. Ask the mover if they can do an in-home quote which will be more accurate.  You may get referrals from friends and family.  Long Realty also works with advantage partners who offer clients special rates (contact me for details)
  • Research the policies of the different moving companies.
  • Make a move binder. Include an inventory of your items and photos or videos of special items.
  • Do you have expensive special such as artwork or antiques that need extra insurance? Will you need these items appraised?
  • Contact your insurance provider to see what you need to do to transfer your medical, property, fire and auto insurance and make sure you have adequate insurance for the move.
  • Check with you accountant to see if your move is eligible for tax write offs. If so, create a file for expenses. Be sure to obtain a change of address form 8022 from the IRS.  Telephone 800-829-1040.
  • Make a designated move staging area in your home. Determine how many supplies are needed, boxes, foam, bubble wrap, tape, towels and blankets, and collect them in your staging area.
  • Do you need to schedule a car mover for your vehicle?
  • Make sure your car is serviced and ready for the trip.
  • Research any storage needs.
  • Make travel arrangements for your family and pets.
  • Notify old and new schools about the upcoming move and arrange record transfer and registration with the new schools.
  • Notify doctors, dentists and vets and ask for referrals in your new community. Make sure you have copies of your medical and dental records.
  • Transfer any memberships to your new town.
  • Pare down. Recycle, sell, donate, and discard any items you do not need.
  • Plan a garage sale. Craigslist can also be an effective way to sell unwanted items if you use it in a safe responsible way.
  • You may consider employing an estate sale company if you are downsizing. (Contact me for referrals for Tucson based companies)
  • Donate and discard additional unwanted items. (I have a local list of charities and disposal drop offs for chemicals and electronics.  Please contact me for a copy.)

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14 days prior to the move:

  • Review this moving checklist so far and make sure past items are taken care of and that you are on track for the last stretch. This time can be stressful and planning and prep here can help keep things moving (pun intended).
  • Clean any emptied rooms and make sure no items were left unpacked.
  • Make sure you have moving supplies for plants.
  • Arrange for the utilities to be on and in your name. Have them active after your move in date. Arrange for any painting, cleaning, floor care, or projects be completed prior to moving in.
  • Make arrangements for your current home to be cleaned after you leave and any repairs you are required to make scheduled to be completed three days before you move.
  • Make sure you yard is in good shape and you have plants watered until your move out date.
  • Check your medication supply and see about transferring prescriptions to the new town.
  • Make copies of all your important documents such as deeds, titles, wills, passports, trusts, etc. and make sure you have originals with you.
  • Have you made arrangement for your pets move? Will you need a pet sitter?
  • Pick up your dry cleaning and return borrowed items to friends and family. Don’t forget to return any library books!
  • Discard/recycle electronics, paint, oil, fuel and weed and pest killers etc.

One week prior to moving day:

  • Don’t put this stuff off. Really! The final week before the move can be stressful.
  • Pack all items except the ones you need daily prior to the move.
  • Label your boxes. Identify the room the belong in, and if they are fragile. Mark as load last if needed.
  • Confirm your move date, and any large item movers such as pianos and vehicles.
  • Arrange payment to the mover. A $25 tip to each mover is customary.
  • Confirm closing dates, storage dates and move in dates on your new home and the one you are leaving.
  • Back up your computer.
  • Do you have a contingency plan in case the movers are delayed?
  • Cancel scheduled deliveries to the home.
  • Update your address with your banks
  • Make a file for the current home for the new buyers. Include warranties, receipts, instructions for appliances, receipts, keys, openers.
  • Clean out desks and lockers at work, gym, and schools.
  • Use up perishable foods and donate any un-opened non-perishable foods that will not be moved.
  • Make sure utilities are set up in the new home and notify your current utility companies that about you move date.

Moving day:

  • Make an emergency kit with snacks, water, dishes, toiletries, towels, change of clothes, and TP in case movers are late.
  • Double check the bill of loading and inventory list with the movers before signing.
  • Clean your home before leaving. The property needs to be in the same physical condition as when the new buyer put in the offer.
  • Put out your trash and arrange for a bulky trash pick-up if needed.
  • Are you flying out the next day? If so you may need to make hotel arrangements for the night.

After the move:

  • Did you get your deposits back?
  • Have the new home rekeyed before you move your items in.
  • Check the smoke detectors and fire extinguishers before moving in.
  • Update your information with voter registration, banks, car registration, drivers license, tax forms etc.

I hope this moving checklist is helpful for you. If you have a suggestion, please email me at Nick@RealTucson.com.

Also, if you need the help of a caring experienced realtor in the Tucson, Arizona area please give me a call at 520-975-8956 or email Nick@RealTucson.com.

You don’t live in Tucson? I can also connect you with a great agent anywhere in the world with our Long Realty referral network. I would love to hear from you!

Help me sell my home, Nick!     |      Help me buy a home, Nick!

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Harold Bell Wright home for sale!


6323 E Printer Udell, Tucson, AZ

Take a look at this beautiful 1955 burnt adobe Harold Bell Wright home for sale. Harold Bell Wright Estates is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Tucson, with the large lots that have retained it’s desert feel. This 3 bedroom – 2 bathroom home has wood beamed ceilings and has been lovingly updated and cared for.


Welcome to Harold Bell Wright Estates with a convenient midtown location that is close to amenities. This 1955 classic burnt adobe home features a tastefully updated kitchen that works well with the era of the home. Updated baths too! Newer central AC.

Grand living room with wood beam ceiling, wood floors, and a stunning fireplace. Sunny breakfast nook overlooks a beautifully landscaped private back courtyard. Enjoy the shade on the large covered patio. Refreshing pool on a quiet private .6 acre lot.

Family room that is perfect for entertaining or quiet conversations, side entrance makes this space extremely versatile. Amazing separate space that is currently a 400 square foot artist studio, but could be a great office, workshop or home gym. Call for a private showing today!

See the full listing details here with more photos

Please contact me to schedule a private showing: 520-975-8956 | Nick@RealTucson.com

Interested in more info on Harold Bell Wright homes for sale as well as some local history of the area? Take a look my Harold Bell Wright blog.

Listing courtesy of my colleague: Lisa Soares at Long Realty Co. – Tanque Verde Office
pool area and yard in a Harold Bell Wright Estates home for sale

Lush pool area retains a peaceful desert charm

Harold Bell Wright Estates front of home - burnt adobe construction

Solid burnt adobe construction and natural desert landscaping

dining in Harold Bell Wright Estates home for sale

Light and bright eat-in dining area

dining in Harold Bell Wright Estates home for sale

beautifully updated bathroom

yard with mature landscape

mature landscaping with a nice covered patio

Looking to buy or sell a home in the Harold Bell Wright neighborhood? Contact Nick to go over your particular needs. Nick@RealTucson.com |  520-975-8956.


Barrio El Hoyo: Historic Tucson neighborhood

Historic Barrio El Hoyo Neighborhood

Barrio El Hoyo has so much to offer, mature vegetation, quiet streets, and close-proximity to Downtown Tucson amenities. This is an small historic neighborhood with a great location. Situated southwest of downtown Tucson near the Tucson Convention Center, this barrio covers approximately 22 acres.

Elysian Grove Market in Barrio El Hoyo

El Hoyo translates loosely to “the Hole” and is named because it sits at a lower grade than the surrounding neighborhoods. It has a rural feeling, and amazingly preserved architecture. It is bordered by 11th Ave. on the west, Samaniego on the east, Cushing St. on the north. And 18th St. on the south.

Barrio El Hoyo area map - Tucson, Arizona

The historically significant period covers 1908-1950 and there are 68 contributing and 28 non-contributing buildings. The architecture is a mixture of the Sonoran Tradition, Late 19th and early 20th century revivals, and Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival. Excellent buildings of the Sonoran Tradition remain. This style features row homes and zero lot line setbacks. There are often chain link or wrought iron fences and masonry walls. Yards are often swept dirt with potted flowers.

A little history of Barrio El Hoyo:

It was owned by Leopoldo Carrillo in the 1870’s who developed the Carrillo Gardens. The area was then purchased by Emmanuel Drachman and Alex Rossi in 1903 after Carrillo’s death. Drachman developed the Elysian Grove Amusement Park which was known for its ponds, trees, picnic areas, zoo, dancing and moving pictures. The popular garden attracted high quality entertainers for its time and dignitaries such as Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. The park closed in 1915 due to financial problems. It was later sold and subdivided into residential housing, and the Carrillo School was opened.

Mural in barrio el hoyo

After WWII the Barrio fell into a period of decline, many properties were in disrepair. During the 1970’s the national trend of urban renewal came to Tucson. This was a contentious time for Tucson barrios. Families moved or were relocated. The northern 2/3 of the subdivision was demolished to make way for the Tucson Convention Center. Citizens became active to preserve the rich culture and history in the community. Barrio El Hoyo was added to the National Register of Historic places in 2008.

Carrillo School in Barrio El Hoyo

Noteworthy buildings include:

The former Elysian Market which was built in 1929 by Jose Q. Trujillo, the market closed and is now a private residence. The building still retains the painted sign on the side of the building. The Chapel of San Cosme was built in 1931 and is located at 546 W. Simpson St, and still hosts monthly mass and special-events for its congregation. The Carrillo School is still in operation and is a Historic Site.

Homes for sale in Barrio El Hoyo:

Want to learn about other historic neighborhoods in Tucson? Check out my blogs.

If you would like more information on Barrio El Hoyo, please contact Nick Labriola at 520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com

Corner property in barrio el hoyo


Top questions to ask when selling my parent’s home

You’ve decided to sell an inherited home – Part III

So, you’ve made the decision… It looks like the best course of action would be to sell the home. Where do you start? The following questions will help you organize so the process is as seamless as possible. Of course consulting with an experienced agent will make this phase much easier.

Tucson home - sell and inherited home

Here are the most common questions that need to be answered:

  • Who is the owner of title?
    • Has one spouse passed away or both?
    • If both spouses have passed we need copies of the death certificate and to verify who the successor trustee is and that there are no provisional signors.
    • Has the title conveyed from the owner to the heirs?
  • Who is the real estate or trust attorney and insurer the family has been working with?
  • Is there a will or living trust in place, and is there a copy available so we may verify the certificate of trust?
  • Who are the trustees and beneficiaries?
  • Who is able to sign on behalf of the estate, who has to sign, how do they need to sign?
    • All power of attorney documents (POA) are not the same. Check with your escrow officer to see which POA is appropriate for your situation.
  • If no will or trust is in place the property will go to a judge and depending on the value of the property it may need to go to probate at the judge’s discretion.
  • If the property is in a trust the escrow cannot cut checks to individuals. The check is payable to a trust. The heirs will need to establish a trust account with a bank account and the funds will be dispersed as the judge outlines.

Other considerations when selling an inherited home:

  • Does the family have any information on repairs or maintenance of the home?
    • The seller has a legal obligation to disclose any known material defects regarding the home. We will need a insurance claims history (CLUE) report for the property for five years.
  • Are there any leased items on the home such as solar panels or water softeners?
  • Are there any warranties in place that transfer with the property?
  • Order a preliminary title report and look for any liens, also open an early bird escrow.
  • Does the family need help with donations or conducting an estate sale for personal items?
  • Is your insurance current?
  • Are there recurring services in place such as landscaping, HVAC servicing, pest control, cleaning, etc., and are they current?

If you have questions regarding how to sell an inherited home, or would like to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your situation, please call Nick Labriola with Long Realty at 520-975-8956 or email Nick@realtucson.com

To read more on this topic:

clouds - Sell an inherited home



Selling an Inherited Estate – Part II: 

There comes a time in many of our lives when we need to help with a parent’s estate. Selling an inherited estate can come with a lot of emotions as well as guilt. This blog is written to help you sort out and plan so that the sale goes as well as possible. I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice, but I’m more than happy to introduce you to those professionals. A real estate professional experienced in estate sales can help you ask the right questions and connect you with title/escrow and legal professionals that can help make the process easier for you.

inherited estate - a home in Tucson

The top four professionals you need to contact are:

1. Your real estate attorney

If your parents had done some prior planning with an estate attorney then you are ahead of the game. Contact this person first. If there is no will or trust in place, it is a good idea contact a reputable attorney.

2. Insurance agent

Make sure the homeowner’s insurance is current and adequate for the property.

3. Title and escrow company

Establish a relationship with a reputable title company. Are there liens and judgments on the property? Advance planning at this stage can help make the process much smoother.

4. Your real estate professional

Creating a relationship with an experienced, caring Realtor can help you tailor a plan that connects you with all the necessary parties, and will ensure a seamless transaction.

If you would like to schedule free no obligation consultation to discuss your needs, please contact Nick Labriola at Long Realty Co. at 520-975-8956 or email Nick@realtucson.com

Read more on this topic:
Part I: You’re Inheriting Your Family Home, Now What?
Part III: You’ve decided to sell an inherited home

inherited estate



You’re Inheriting Your Family Home, Now What?   Part I

First off, I am sorry the loss of your loved one. After helping several families through this real estate transaction process, I’ve learned that this can be an emotionally charged time for a family. Homes often have a lot of sentimental value, especially if they’ve been in the family for many years and have a lifetime of memories associated with them. Sometimes old sibling rivalries and negative family dynamics can come to surface at times like this which can further complicate the situation.

Home in Tucson - Inheriting your family home

I decided to write a series of blogs to help you. This won’t bring back your loved one, but I can try to help you plan for the situation and ensure you have the best experience possible dealing with the home. I am not an attorney or financial expert, and I cannot give legal or tax advice, but I can connect you with trusted professionals who can assist in those areas.

“What do we do with the home?”

There are a few different paths you may take here. You can keep the home and either move in, rent it out, or sell the home.

Option 1: Keep the home for family use

You may be able to keep the home in the family and use it for vacations or family get-togethers. You will need to speak with the other heirs to see if this is feasible. Don’t forget about the expenses that this will entail including insurance, property taxes, utilities, HOA dues, maintenance, security, etc. You’ll need a plan for who will be responsible for paying for those items. Will you use the home enough to justify the expense?

Option 2: Move into the home

You or one of your family members may be able to move into the home. The question that arises here is will the family member occupying the home be able to buy out the others’ interest. It is important to be honest with yourself and one another here. Is it feasible to keep the home and will it justify the expense? A common problem occurs when one sibling does not want to sell the home. It is best to contact an attorney to see what options you have in a situation like this.

Option 3: Rent the home

You may also keep the home as a rental. This can offer some tax advantages, so speak with your accountant. It may also be a lucrative business if the property has a positive cash flow. The problems that come up are that you are entering a business partnership with you family. The property can be difficult to manage if you are out of state, and maintenance costs and the time commitment involved can be difficult to divvy up fairly.

Option 4: Sell the home

Often the best option is to sell. Contact me to schedule a meeting to view the home so I can prepare a Comparative Market Analysis for the property to see what the home is worth.

If you have questions regarding inheriting your family home, or would like to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your situation, please call Nick Labriola with Long Realty at 520-975-8956 or email Nick@realtucson.com

To read more on this topic:

Part II: The top four professionals you need to sell an inherited home
Part III: You’ve decided to sell an inherited home

Blooming cactus flower at Sabino Canyon - Inheriting your family home


BASIS Tucson and BASIS Oro Valley Charter Schools

Chances are, you’ve heard of BASIS schools. BASIS Tucson and BASIS Oro Valley are tuition-free charter schools (which are funded with taxes, but run by a private company) that consistently boast high scores with national school ranking organizations such as the U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

BASIS Tucson North

The founders aimed to offer a curriculum that could compete at an international level. BASIS opened it’s first school right here in Tucson back in 1998. Since then, they’ve opened many other locations throughout Arizona, including Oro Valley, in addition to a few in Texas and Washington, DC.

BASIS focuses on STEM courses and requires 9th graders to start taking AP classes for college credit. Seniors focus on a capstone project, and nearly every student attends college after graduation. Because the school is a tuition-free charter school, entry can be competitive. If BASIS schools are a good option for your student, you may decide to live closer to the school for convenience. If so, take a look at homes for sale near each BASIS campus listed below.

Search Homes for sale near BASIS Charter Schools:

BASIS Tucson Primary: Grades K-4. Near Speedway and Alvernon:

BASIS Tucson North: Grades 5-12. Near Craycroft and River:

BASIS Oro Valley (Primary: K-5 and grades 6-12). Near Oracle and 1st Ave:

Basis Tucson North School

Looking to purchase or sell a home near a BASIS school? Contact Nick to go over your particular needs.

Nick@RealTucson.com | 520-975-8956


5 crucial considerations when buying horse property

5 Key Considerations When Buying Horse Property

As we all know our pets and animals become a part of the family. It is important to an equestrian that their family member has the best care. This can include the dream of owning your own horse property. The following is a list of 5 crucial points when buying a horse property.

Riding in the Rincon Mountains in Tucson

Riding near the Rincon Mountains in Tucson

1. Water

This is especially important in Arizona. Horses need water for health and digestion and can drink between five and ten gallons of water per day. What are the water rights on the property you are considering? Is it on municipal water, private well, or shared well? What is the condition of these facilities? Their history? How are they maintained. What systems are in place for distributing the water on the land? It is important to investigate these items and records can be found at Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Having an experienced property inspector check the facilities is also recommended.

Horse corral - Horse Property in Tucson

Horse corral

2. What is the location and quality of the land?

An important question a buyer must ask is what will they use the land for? Are you interested in trail riding, roping, or any other use? This is an important consideration because not all land types will support all uses. How far is the land from riding? Is it necessary to trailer to get to a trail and if so, how far?
One should also consider the topography. Is the land flat, hilly, rocky, and will it be difficult to build on?

Horse arena

Horse arena

3. How much land do you need?

How many horses are allowed per acre and do you need additional acreage for pasture, and outbuildings? Will you be using the land for a commercial endeavor or for your own personal use?

Hay storage

4. What is the condition of the property and has it been maintained?

Are their facilities such as tack rooms, feed storage, stalls, arenas, and equipment storage? Is there electricity and water supplied at these locations? Are there waste management and drainage systems in place? It is important to know the ages of any facilities and see that they are properly maintained. It is also important to know that they are sufficient for your future-plans. This leads to zoning.

5. Zoning

After you have looked at the first four items, you need to determine if the property will work for your plans and will it accommodate any future expansion. What zoning restrictions are there that may prevent you from realizing your future goals?

This of course is not an exhaustive list. It can be helpful to contact a real estate broker that is familiar with land and acreage transactions to help you navigate the myriad of details that will come up, so you may have as smooth a transaction as possible and get the property that realizes your goals.

Horse Property For Sale – Current Listings:

Looking to buy or sell a horse property in Tucson? For more information or to schedule a free, no obligation meeting to discuss your particular needs, please call 520-975-8956 or email Nick@RealTucson.com


Just Listed! 13.5 acre Tucson Horse Property

Tucson Horse Property that has it all!

Just Listed in Northwest Tucson, Arizona

This 13.5+/-acre ranch has it all. Beautiful burnt adobe ranch house with gorgeous open beamed ceilings and stunning fireplace, pool, and spa. Top notch horse facilities including a 350′ x 140′ piped roping arena, barn, multiple corrals, round pen, chicken coop, shop, garage, 1 bedroom 1 bath guest house, mountain views, and a private well. All within minutes of I-10 and the new outlet mall at Twin Peaks. Contact me today to schedule a private showing of this beautiful Tucson horse property.

MLS Link for 5000 W Oasis Rd. Tucson, AZ

Contact Nick for more info: 520-975-8956  |  Nick@RealTucson.com

Saguaro lined driveway

Saguaro lined driveway

Front elevation of home

Front elevation of home

Great room with wood beams and burnt adobe walls

Great room with wood beams and burnt adobe walls

Living room with burnt adobe walls and wood beams

Living room with burnt adobe walls and wood beams

Custom kitchen

Custom kitchen

Custom kitchen

Custom kitchen

Master bedroom fireplace

Master bedroom fireplace

Master bedroom

Master bedroom



Office / Bedroom

Office / Bedroom

Arizona room

Arizona room

Spacious laundry room

Spacious laundry room



Beautifully landscaped backyard

Beautifully landscaped backyard

Guest house exterior with porch

Guest house exterior with porch

Guest house kitchen

Guest house kitchen

Roping arena - Tucson horse property

Roping arena

Hay Barn

Hay Barn

Corral - Tucson Horse Property




Garage / Workshop

Garage / Workshop


  • 13.5 +/- acres
  • 4 bedrooms and 4 baths
  • Burnt adobe
  • Open beamed wood ceilings
  • Custom kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Pool & spa within a fully landscaped yard
  • Guest house: 1 bedroom and 1 bath
  • Mountain views
  • Private well
  • Close to shopping
  • Horse facilities
  • Barn and hay barn
  • Workshop
  • Garage
  • Corral
  • Arena
  • Chicken coop
  • And so much more!!!

Contact Nick Labriola for a private showing: 520-975-8956

Get more details and photos of this Tucson horse property here

Blog post: 5 Key Considerations When Buying Horse Property


Homes for sale near Sabino Canyon in Tucson

Search homes for sale near Sabino Canyon:

A Runner crossing a bridge at Sabino Canyon

A Runner crossing a bridge at Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Overview:

Situated on Tucson’s northeast side of town, Sabino Canyon is a popular recreation site for residents and visitors alike. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to own a home near Sabino Canyon? This outdoor oasis could be an extension of your front yard. Walking,  jogging, hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities would be so convenient.

The 3.7 mile tram road in Sabino Canyon is a popular place for outdoor fitness enthusiasts

The 3.7 mile tram road in Sabino Canyon is a popular place for outdoor fitness enthusiasts

Sabino Canyon is located near Sabino Canyon Road and Sunrise Boulevard, in the Coronado Forest. The recreation area encompasses close to 3,000 acres. Water in Sabino Creek flows much of the year, originating near Mt. Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.

View at Sabino Canyon

View at Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon Sights

Sabino Canyon tends to be the first place locals take their out of town guests to experience all the natural beauty Tucson has to offer. People of all ages enjoy visiting this unique riparian area that is combined with dramatic geology.  The plant life is stunning too, towering saguaro cacti can be found near cottonwood, sycamore, and ash trees. Wildlife abounds in the area, including Gambel’s quail, Roadrunner, cactus wren, bobcat, coyote, mountain lion, snake, toad, javalina, skunk, tortoise, and coatimundi.

Both Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon offer miles of hiking opportunities. Seven Falls is a popular destination, as are Blackett’s Ridge, and the Sabino Dam. Picnicking and swimming are popular activities for families visiting the area.

The visitors center is open 7 days a week with exhibits, activities, and a bookstore.

The paved roads within the park were built during the Great Depression by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). The roads are now closed to private vehicles but they are busy with walkers and tram shuttles each day. Bicycle usage is limited to specific days and hours.

An oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Water flows much of the year in Sabino Canyon.

An oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Water flows much of the year in Sabino Canyon.

Tram Shuttles

Tram shuttles operate every day with 2 options: Sabino Canyon or Bear Canyon shuttles. The shuttles in Sabino Canyon are narrated and have 9 stops along a 3.7 mile road. The Bear Canyon shuttles are not narrated and has 3 stops along a 1.9 mile road.


Contact Nick for more information about homes for sale near Sabino Canyon. Have a home to sell? Nick can help you too. 

Contact Nick for more information about homes for sale near Sabino Canyon. Have a home to sell? Nick can help you too.

Contact Nick if you are interested in buying or selling a home near Sabino Canyon.  520-975-8956  | Nick@RealTucson.com

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