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Checklist for Moving into a New House



Like a stressful day at work, moving can be an overwhelming activity that kills happy moods after a goodnights sleep.

But, it’s possible to avoid this whole preparation, planning, and packing chaos with a checklist as a guiding angel. This list also makes last-minute arrangements or the risk of overlooking essential items almost non-existent. We call this list a checklist for moving into a new house.

From tasks that might seem insignificant to the most important, a move-in checklist will account for the following:

1.   A Walkthrough

The first thing a checklist for moving into another home would cover is a pre-occupancy walk-through or orientation. What does this mean? It means before moving apartments, inspecting the new place is essential. An inspection highlights those mundane things that need immediate fixtures and other working parts of the house. If the property owner has previously promised upgrades but can’t find them implemented, a walk-through makes it easy to take note of these tasks so property owners won’t rip you off and fulfill their promises.

2.   Safety Preparations for Kids and Pets

After getting a detailed picture of what the new apartment looks like, the next step in a good checklist for moving out of home is to safety-proof every part of the house. This way, kids and pets are less prone to home accidents. Remove electrical wiring from places kids can easily access. Cover open spaces in fences, gates, and doors so kids won’t wander off themselves.

3.   An Unpacking Plan

A move-out checklist will also help you make unpacking plans so that you never have to result in haphazard tasks after the move. The bottom line is that it helps create a priority list so unpacking won’t be so difficult. An unpacking plan would explain in detail how to label boxes to help let know what it contains, how to sort items by category, and how to pack each room.

4.   Connectivity and Utilities

The next thing you need to figure out is how to ensure the subscriptions or connectivity is properly set up in the new apartment. But, that’s not all there is to it. Simply setting up utilities in the new house won’t halt charges on the current ones in your name or address. Be sure to cancel those in your current place before moving out. That’s not all! Utility update is vital to make living in the current electronic age convenient.

These utilities will include gas, electricity, water, phone, TV services, and broadband. Be sure to set up these important gears some weeks before the transit to ensure the r convenience levels in your new home are standard. Else, you’ll be spending days without water running or access to a convenient lifestyle.

5.   Find Essential Functions

Besides utilities and connections, there are certain functions in the apartment you can’t do without, like the plumbing, boiler, smoke detector, electricity and gas meters, smoke detectors, fuse box, and even security alarms. Make sure that these devices are fully functional so you and your family will relax safely, knowing the security and essential systems are in good condition.

6.   Install New Security System

While essential functions like those listed above are necessary, the security system plays a crucial role in keeping you safe in an unfamiliar environment. So, the best way to avoid this is to change the security systems. For locks, get a locksmith weeks before the transit to quickly install new locks.

A house within a communal building wouldn’t be at so much risk of theft, but to be on the safe side, observe the security offered in the building. Poor security means a single lock won’t keep out danger when it comes. So, consider installing multiple locks or a surveillance camera in the room after getting the house keys.

7.   Deep Clean

Also, consider cleaning each room again.

The previous occupants may have tidied every part of the house, but that does not mean it’s spotlessly clean. Before you unpack and set up home fixtures, get cleaning supplies like detergent, rag, brush, and water. Then thoroughly scrub the house to remove accumulated dust and debris.

8.   Update Home Address

Moving to a new place would leave you unable to access the current services you enjoy except if you transfer them to the new place. What does this mean? Not changing the current address means not having access to use services like mail, insurance, funds, healthcare, and even a professional license. For someone who loves the convenient lifestyle of urban areas, you also can’t do without these essential services. But, the question is, where do you change your address?

Many first-time movers fail to ask this important question and leave out vital services that should top their list. Before moving,

  • Notify the royal mail to redirect mailing services
  • Update new address to your bank and insurance providers, whether car insurance, life, pet, or health insurance
  • Update the new residential address on your driving license and car ownership certificate

9.   Get Familiar with the New Neighborhood

A home isn’t truly a home until you make it one. One of the ways to make the new neighborhood home is to get familiar with the environment. Meet the new neighbors before the move to know whether they have a friendly culture. Take a walk through the community to find essential centers like grocery and hardware stores, libraries, community halls, health centers, and pharmacies that’ll make living in a new place comfortable.

Planning a move is not as easy as it seems since you need to factor in everything that’ll ensure living in a new and unfamiliar environment is convenient. In-house moving services like Stark Movers can help with the planning and preparation task. Make sure to contact them. But, we also recommend that you have something like this checklist for moving into a home to help make the process simpler.


Indigenous Climate Warriors in Times Square



(Photo by Honor the Earth)

On Tuesday September 19, 2023, the Indigenous peoples took to the frontlines of the climate crisis on Turtle Island and took over Times Square painting a giant mural with the message, “No Green Colonialism; Land Back NOW!”

This mural came the day before the UN Climate Ambition Summit, where world leaders are expected to come together and make decisions around the climate crisis.

The Indigenous communities are organizing to push back on the Biden Administration’s push toward solutions to the climate crisis that threaten the lives of Indigenous people across Turtle Island, which they call “Green Colonialism.” “For too long, Native lands and communities have borne the brunt of harm from mining and other extractive industries. As the federal government moves to support clean energy development, this cannot come at the expense of clean water or Indigenous rights. This familiar assault on Native lands and communities is another wave of colonialism, and we will not stand by and allow our lands to be sacrificed,” Krystal Two Bulls,  executive director of the national Indigenous organization Honor the Earth said in a press release.

The mining projects violate treaty rights and threaten clean water and land in places such as Thacker Pass, Oak Flat , and the Talon-Tamarak mine near the Mississippi headwaters.

We should all be fighting this fight!


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Food and Drink

White Wine for Summer Send Off




It is hard to believe that summer is officially wrapping up. But as days get shorter there is still plenty of time to toast the season in style with these favorite white wines.

Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Chardonnay 2019

This refreshing chardonnay crisp apple and crunchy peach flavors is electrifying and oh, so yummy! It brings out the feeling of velvet caressing you. This is simmply all of the best the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County has to offer.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc


Divinely balanced wine with zesty aromas and highlights of pink grapefruit, melon and gooseberry. It refreshing and perfectly sweet. Every sip will have you singing praises to the wonderful summer you just had.

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Beatles Brunch at City Winery Where Strawberry Fields Lives Forever



I was taken to City Winery by Eli Marcus for the Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields.
This show plays every Sunday with an unlimited brunch buffet that includes coffee, tea and juice, starting at noon. A bottomless brunch cocktail package is also available and children get in free. Here tourists mingle with New Yorkers, eating scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, dried out French toast, spicy potatoes with onions and peppers, perfectly done chicken, salad and fresh fruit. What is so nice, is that everyone seems happy to to be here, to see and hear the Fab Four.

Eli Marcus, Suzanna Bowling

The show starts off without fan fare. The lights dim and four men enter, not quite looking like the originals. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Ira Siegel (George Harrison), and Michael Bellusci (Ringo Starr) and their costumes and wigs have seen better days. Then the music starts. You can watch one of our video’s here.

From the early hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Ticket To Ride” “Eight Days A Week” and more the first act is nostalgia at it’s best. It was adorable to watch the audience, especially the young ones “Twist and Shout.”

After a break in came the Sergeant Pepper era, clothing and all. From that we got “Nowhere Man,” “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I’m 64,” “Penny Lane” and songs that dig into your soul. They are done well and the Beatles live again. You can see our video here.

Then the later songs like “I Am The Walrus” and “Don’t Let Me Down” end a show that is almost two hour long of music, that is classic. I have to admit I wanted to hear “Blackbird” and “Norwegian Wood,” but what you get is a  well rounded assortment of those songs that shaped several era’s.

Billy J. Ray, Ira Siegel

Ira Siegel stands out with his guitar playing that is out of this world. I really loved all the songs he sang as well.

Michael Bellusci

Michael Bellusci, gives Ringo a run for his money on the drums.

Tony Garofalo

Tony Garofalo is the founder, creator and producer playing rhythm and lead guitar and singing lead vocals along with Alan LeBoeuf from the original Beatlemania playing bass guitar. Ray looks the most like the Beatle he is playing.

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf

Strawberry Fields has been covering The Beatles for over three decades. They used to have a residency at B.B. Kings, but these days their home base is City Winery and it is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday. All four are consummate musicians and obviously have a love for what they do and that rubs off on their audience.

For a souvenir up a City Winery Strawberry Fields Rose Wine and have it signed by the cast. With its is its strawberry pink color, you get a combination of kiwi, watermelon and the taste of strawberry that lingers.

City Winery is right next to Little Island, Chelsea Market, The Highline, the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, and West Village. Everything is nearby to make a perfect outing for the whole day and this is one brunch where you definitely get your money’s worth. Click HERE for tickets

Tickets are $65.45

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A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street



Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.

Eli Marcus

Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.

The producers of The Shark Must Be Broken, Eli Marcus and the general manager of Dave and Buster’s

There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Michaela Paratore of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

Michaela Paratore

This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.

All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.


Pretzel Dogs

To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.

Margarita and I playing for Make A Wish

If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.

Double Pepperoni Flatbread


BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.

Fire-Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Boneless Wings

Chocolate- and caramel-filled churros with chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.

Margarita Parlionas and Eli Marcus

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Book Reviews

We’re Here to Help – When Guardianship Goes Wrong



This happened to Britney Spares, as well as Frances Rappaport, Libra Max  and countless other loved ones who became victimized by a system that was supposed to protect them.
Diane Dimond uses compelling stories of real people, like Frances Rappaport, Libra Max and countless others to pull back the curtain on a guardianship system shrouded in secrecy, where power, greed and influence all too often intersect with devastating consequences.
 A powerful book.

-Kent Walz, attorney & journalist

Diane Dimond’s book on the scourge of abusive adult guardianships is coming out very soon. It only took her 8 long years of investigation and countless interviews with affected people to get to the bottom of this extremely flawed part of the justice system.

People who have lived through this nightmare knows first hand what this “protective” part of the court system can do to rip apart families. But because it’s such a secretive system few Americans realize that they – or someone they love – could be guardianized without warning. It’s not just Britney Spears – up to 2 million people currently live under guardianship/court control.

All it takes is for someone (a vindictive relative, a greedy business partner, a former lover, even a landlord) to file a guardianship petition with the court saying someone is not competent to care for themselves. The judge usually agrees – often without ever seeing the targeted person – and the guardianship is established. Judges routinely appoint a total stranger as guardian to make all life decisions for the new “ward of the court.” All their civil rights are stripped away and, suddenly, the person has no say in their own life –they can’t even hire their own lawyer to fight it. There are many more horrific aspects to this “justice” system and Ms. Dimond spells it all out in the book.

We’re Here to Help – When Guardianship Goes Wrong not only reveals the predatory nature of the system (which controls a collective $50 billion in ward’s money every year!) but also tells what to look out for. It provides a guide for readers to protect themselves and those they love.

Diane Dimond is the author of four books including the upcoming, “We’re Here to Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong, published by Brandeis University Press, released Sept. 19, 2023


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