Clarence Shaw and Leann Langolf
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 our clients are saying  

“Clarence & Leann handled the sale of my home in an extremely professional and efficient manner. Saying they went above and beyond would be an understatement. Clarence & Leann are two of the most knowledgeable Realtors I know in Ventura County. They have represented me in several transactions. There was great communication throughout the entire process. I felt like they were available 24/7 and could ask any question and receive a rapid response. Their years of experience were evident. Their expertise in the market helped me sell my house at my desired price point. I would highly recommend them for all of your real estate needs “


~ John Taylor

Clarence and Leann were nothing short of amazing as our realtors and they are now wonderful friends! When we decided to make the move to Ventura and let them know our goals they hit the ground running. We received multiple properties by email to review on a daily basis - good for us as we were very motivated to move quickly. Whenever we met up with them there would be a complete packet of listings to view, with clear pictures and space for us to write notes. They were very honest about each property and took the time to discuss in detail what we liked and what we didn’t. Through frequent communication they got to know us and exactly what we wanted until we found what we were looking for. And to top it all they have a great sense of humor and made what would normally be a stressful time, a lot of fun! We could not have been in better hands. Antonia Garcia, Ventura


~ Antonia Garcia

Clarence and Leann are amazing at what they do! We decided to sell our home of many years. They were so knowledgeable and helpful with every aspect of the process. When we needed help preparing to put it on the market, they would always offer their assistance for anything that needed to be done! When we were ready they advised us with determining our asking price. When it went on the market, they hit the ground running. They know what they are doing and made the whole process easy.


~ Harlan & Tammi Fugate

"Leann and Clarence are an awesome team! They were with us every step of the way. Together they showed us multiple homes in Ventura, in many good neighborhoods. They listened to our requests and really worked hard to get us the exact right fight. We decided on a new build and they were our advocates and communicated with us, the builder, the bank, the title company and anyone else that was involved along the way. We couldn't have done it without them by our side giving sound advice and much needed emotional support. They are professional, kind, and positive and I'm so happy they were/are here for me!"


~ Nancy Taylor

Clarence and Leann were exceptional throughout the entire process of selling our home. They were fair, honest, and professional, and they made the transaction seamless. We appreciate that they were available morning, noon, night, and weekends to answer our many questions and concerns. Additionally, we appreciate that Clarence and Leann treated us with respect and we became friends. It was so refreshing that they fought for us and took a personal interest in our transition. Thank you, Clarence and Leann! You guys rock!!


~ Eivind Forseth

We were very happy with Clarence and Leann! They were personable, responsive, and knowledgeable-couldn't have asked for more! Their network produced a buyer in 24 hours & we closed escrow in under 60 days!! Amazing :)


~ Mike & Diana Farrar

Leann and Clarence are an amazing team! They listened to me and what I wanted in a home, and most importantly, what I didn't want. Buying my house was a truly stress-free experience! 5 Star Service!!!!!


~ Ann Marie-Tullo

From beginning to end Clarence and Leann were with us! We were new to the area and needed to find a home quickly. They were able to connect the dots, cross the t's and dot the i's. When we encountered problems, they supported any ideas we had. They were of great support. They are friendly and caring. The night we closed escrow and arrived with moving van, they had hot pizza and wine waiting for us at our new home! Knowing agents who are locals to the area was a great help! We highly recommend Clarence and Leann! Five Star Service!


~ Cindy Simental & Claudia Cerda

My husband and I had a wonderful experience with buying our home in Ventura from Leann and Clarence. They are a great couple to work with and helped us out all along the way even when we had to switch lenders in the middle of the process. They are quick to respond (via text or email, etc.) and answer any questions we had and helped us learn about the area. They have all the qualities you want in a Realtor --professional, personable, knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive.


~ Dr. Joan Fingon

I highly recommend Leann and Clarence as Realtors. They are caring and compassionate people who are prompt and efficient regarding all transactions. Most importantly; they are a pleasure to work with, listening carefully to my needs and found me the perfect home.


~ Kristin Kennedy

I can't say enough about Leann and Clarence and their professionalism, true caring nature, and extensive knowledge/connections. They bring all of those qualities to the table for their clients, not just in a real estate transaction, but in the transition to their new home/community. I highly recommend their team for your real estate transaction needs.


~ Janina Fuenning

Leann & Clarence represented me in both the purchase of a new home and the sale of my old one. They were knowledgeable, professional and enthusiastic in handling both transactions. They were detail oriented and efficient, yet gave a great deal of personal attention to my needs. I would definitely call upon them again should the need arise. Margaret O'Malley, Ventura


~ Margaret O'Malley

" Leann & Clarence are wonderful Realtors to work with. They are very knowledgeable about the market conditions and clear on what a buyer can expect in their price range. They are very honest and personable which we felt is what helped close the deal when they helped my husband and I sell our home in Ventura and the purchase of a new home." Collyn B.


~ Collyn Berry

" Leann & Clarence were a pleasure to work with when we sold our home in Camarillo. They were true professionals and got the job done on the very first open house we had. They have very warm and gentle personalities that people seem to love. I would highly recommend them as Realtors " Craig and Amy J.


~ Craig & Amy Jennings

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