Lori Collins/J L Collins Realty, Inc.  DRE#02084374
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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  

Lori represented us in both selling our first home and buying our new one. She is great to work with, very responsive and available to her clients. She is knowledgeable and makes you feel comfortable and calm even though buying and selling can be stressful. I appreciated Lori's integrity and that she really cared about finding us the right buyer and the right new home.


~ Juli Robbins

I am a lender and have had the pleasure of working with Lori and Angie on several transactions. They are absolutely wonderful!!! Not only do they both go above and beyond in the services they provide for their clients, but they are amazing team players! They are very responsive, organized, and tech-savvy - and the bottom line is that they simply know how to close a deal for their clients. I would give them my highest recommendation!


~ Daniel Patty

If you want a realtor who texts (SMS), e-mail, uses online tools for electronic signatures, and answers the phone every time look no further. She's more tech savvy than wife! I don't recall how I stumbled upon Lori Collins but I'm glad we did. She is very knowledgeable and she can prove it if you ask her anything but... She will never make a decision for you or lead you in any way You won't feel rushed. She remains cool, calm, and collective even if you are about to the house. She won't call you to check on you and the listings; just contact her once you find something you like. We told her our budget and she NEVER sent us a listing even $1 over it. Even when the selling agent made some ridiculous demands, she professionally forwarded that request to us for consideration. Even after closing, she's still working hard for us to make sure closing was done properly. She's more a neutral party, in a good way! She won't put thoughts in your head.


~ Leonardo and Yvonne Faye

Angie and Lorie are AMAZING!!! Being first time home owners is scary business but with the two of them by our side helped make things easier!! My husband and I had lots and lots of questions and they always had an answer and made it easy to understand. We were hesitant in the beginning but they were more than patient with us and and helped us feel comfortable with the final plunge of buying. Without Angie and Lorie we wouldn't be sitting in our beautiful home today!! Thank you so much for all your hard work! We greatly appreciate it. If you are looking for a realtor you can trust and feel comfortable with that knows what they are doing, look no further! You've found them here.


~ Samantha Mitchell

I've known Lori for a number of years and she is a great realtor. This was my first experience purchasing property and she was very patient. She spent a lot of time with me showing me properties and answering questions. Her goal was definitely to make sure I was happy with my purchase. I would not hesitate to recommend Lori to friends or family... She is honest, knowledgeable and dedicated to delivering an exceptional customer experience.


~ Yvette August

Lori is one of the most dependable and diligent people I know. Her ethics are above reproach, and she continually looks for ways to educate herself. She is a leader and highly motivated, and I highly recommend her!


~ Lynda Hayes

I have known Lori for over 8 years and have worked with her during that time through the American Business Women's Association. She is well connected in the Vallejo area and is a true resource. Lori has grown as a real estate agent over those 8 years and has increased her leadership roles within the Board of Realtors. I would highly recommend anyone looking to buy/sell a house contact Lori. You will be represented by someone who is honest and ethical and has your best interests at heart


~ Amy Dawson

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