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Your essential 5-step process for selling your home and planning a move

From staging a home to packing and moving, we’ve got you covered in this quick tip guide for sellers.

Your essential 5-step process for selling(1)

Step One: Do Your Own Pre-Listing Home Inspection

  1. How’s Your Curb Appeal?

Even before you hire a realtor and place your home for sale, it’s a good idea to see the statement you’re making to people in a home search. The first thing they’ll see when they roll up to your house is your “curb appeal.” Have you let the front yard go? Does the front door need paint?

 

  1. Repairs

Communicate that your home has been properly cared for and avoid any potential issues during a future home inspection by taking the time to walk through and see if there’s anything in obvious need of repair or maintenance. That way, your realtor won’t need to make excuses for the hole in the door or an unfinished paint job.

 

  1. Being Neutral

Take down your personal photographs and paint the walls a neutral color. The less of “you” that distracts those who are buying a home, the easier it is for them to imagine themselves living there.

 

  1. Prepare to Purge

It may call for some soul-searching, but it’s easier to unload excess or seldom used household items long before you begin packing to move. Not only will your home appear less cluttered to potential home buyers, but it will reduce moving costs if you have fewer items to transport.

 

Step Two: After Listing Your Home

  1. Consider Temporary Storage Options Locally

If you’ve had a moving sale, done an initial purge of excess or seldom used household items and not everything can be donated, sold or gifted away in a timely fashion, research temporary storage facilities locally.

 

  1. Clean House Daily

You never know when the perfect buyer (with home loan pre-approval, for instance) will come through your door, so don’t leave the house without straightening up, cleaning the kitchen, etc. Figure out how to restrain pets when realtors come through with home shoppers.

 

  1. Start Obtaining Records

Start early with paperwork that requires time to obtain, such as medical and dental records, school records, veterinary transcripts and prescriptions. It’s always a good idea to have several weeks of prescription medication on hand before a move, in case it takes awhile to get them filled at your new pharmacy.

 

  1. Research Your Destination

This may sound obvious, but there are aspects you may not think about. Will your new neighborhood/HOA limit the length of time that your moving vehicle can remain in front of the house? If moving out of state, read up on how to convert your driver’s license and car registration when you relocate.

 

Step Three: In Escrow

  1. Book a Moving Company

Once your moving date is nailed down you can book a moving company and start checking off tasks on your moving list. Get estimates from multiple companies to find affordable movers and determine which services fit your budget. Ask them where to buy moving boxes. Then begin to sort your belongings, separating those you’d like packed and taken by a moving company and those you’ll transport yourself. Make sure boxes are labeled clearly. If you anticipate any gap between your move out date and the day you move into your new residence, you may also want to utilize that temporary storage option we mentioned in Step Two.

 

  1. Pack Rarely Used Items

About 3-4 weeks before moving day, if you plan to pack your house yourself, you can begin with rarely used items. Ask around to find cheap moving boxes. These might include items in the garage and storage closets, decorations and seasonal clothing. If you are moving to a location with an elevator, contact the building manager. You may need to reserve the lift for your delivery date.

 

  1. Inform the Necessary Contacts

After your initial record gathering exercise, there are more requests to make, but without as much lead time necessary. Approximately 2-4 weeks before you move, contact the post office with your impending change of address. Notify your insurance agent, your credit card companies and change magazine subscriptions.

 

Step Four: In the Home Stretch

 

1. Disconnect Utilities

Schedule the disconnection of your utilities (electricity, telephone, water, gas, cable) for the day following your move. Arrange for your utility services to start in your new home the day before your move-in date. Clean out appliances for new owners also.

2. Prepare for Movers

Disassemble furniture whether you’re hiring movers, handling it yourself or sending it to storage. And, per your contract with the home buyers, remove fixtures. Pack anything you plan to move yourself. You may need to purchase special packing materials, such as picture boxes for artwork or flat screen TV boxes. Prepare directions to your new home for moving van drivers.

3. Service Your Car

If you’re moving a long distance, get your car into the mechanic one last time to be sure tires will make the trip, oil is full and all lighting works. You don’t know how long it will take you to find a reliable mechanic in your new town.

 

Step 5: The Finish Line

1. Check on Lodging

Call to confirm your hotel reservations before moving day, if it’s a road trip to your destination. Also be sure that your pets are allowed, if that’s the case. Inform a friend or family member the details of your trip.

 

  1. Packing to Move

On moving day, you need to remove bedding and put in a box labeled “Load Last/Open First” so items are properly loaded onto the moving van. Clean out the refrigerator (either for furniture movers or if you’re leaving it to new owners). Keep pets contained all day while you’re tending to details.

 

  1. Clean Up and Last Minute Run-Through

Scrub it down and get it sparkling clean. (You can refer to your own home inspection checklist, if you have one). Then act like you’re leaving a hotel room – walk through every room completely, checking under cabinets, near baseboards, in closets. Then turn off the lights and lock the door on your way out.

 

  1. Celebrate!

You just made it through one of the biggest emotional and financial events in life. Of course, buying a home is a whole other ballgame!


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