Begin with the end in mind. When you decide to put your home up for sale, you also need to prepare yourself for moving out of the property.
Planning the Move
Many of the things that you will do in preparing the home for selling will also help you get started on the moving out process. For instance, as you clean the home and remove personal items from the closets and the basement, you will probably need to plan where you’re going to transfer your stuff.
These tips should help your moving out plans a whole lot easier:
- If you’re moving to a nearby local area, try to assess the distance and consider moving the items yourself. If this is the case, prepare to manually handle your personal things and arrange for a van rental services for transport of the items to the new location.
- If your new home is somewhere farther, you may need to contact an interstate mover and probably a larger hauler to carry all of your things.
- If you’re moving internationally, coordinate with the local embassy for information on prohibited items in the country where you’re going. You may be surprised to know that some commonly used items in the U.S. are not allowed in other nations. It’s also a good idea to inquire about fees and taxes related to your relocation.
As you plan to move, it’s probably best to stock up on storage materials where you will put your things for the relocation – boxes, tapes, markers, and other packing materials.
Choosing a mover
Moving to your next home may be overwhelming for some buyers, but try to discuss this with your Realtor. He / she may be able to recommend a good moving company for you. Here are some factors to consider in selecting the right mover:
- Cost: Although it’s good to consider expenses as one of the factors, it shouldn’t be used as the only basis for your decision. Moving is going to incur expenses for anyone, and this is true for the moving company as well. Movers need to spend on training its employees and buying equipment to do the job. Ask the movers about their rates and some recent deliveries that they successfully conducted.
- Credentials: Don’t pick just any mover. Look for movers who are licensed in the state where they are operating, and whose employees have comp insurance.
- Estimates: Make sure to ask for an estimate from the mover, and request for it to be in writing. This is useful for some possible discounts especially if you’re a member of a recognized organization or profession.
Preparing a Checklist
You don’t want to leave anything behind during the move, so it’s helpful to have a checklist ready. Checklists help you organize easier and better. Make sure that these things are part of your checklist:
- Prepare money. Travelling may run for only a few hours, but you’ll never know if you’ll need to spend on something – food, fuel, or checking in a nearby motel. Prepare a few bucks for emergency purposes.
- Prepare medication. Put these items in a visible location so that you won’t forget them.
- Keep valuables safe. Do you have collector’s items or breakable furniture that you want to bring to the new home? Arrange for special packaging and handling.
- Label the boxes. As soon as you put the items in boxes, label each container and write a short description about what’s inside.
- Keep your kids busy. Prepare their favorite things during the move. That way, they won’t throw tantrums or become impatient while you’re traveling to your next home.
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