Sold Your Home? Use This Checklist to Make Your Move Easier
There’s so much to think about when you’re selling your house that it’s easy to let something important fall through the cracks.
Following an organized checklist will help keep you on track and ensure that the entire process goes smoothly. Don’t forget to add the following items to your list.
As soon as you’ve confirmed that you’re selling your house, you’ll want to start getting your head wrapped around all the organizational tasks you’ll need to tackle. This includes things like:
- Updating your address – have your mail forwarded and provide the new address to all of your important contacts
- Returning borrowed items – including library books and things you’ve borrowed from friends and neighbors
- Transferring your utilities – you can usually arrange for this to happen seamlessly on your moving day
When you decide on selling your house, you’ll want to immediately start researching schools, vets, and medical providers in your new location. Once you’ve made your decisions, arrange to transfer your family’s medical records, school records, and your pets’ vet records to your new providers.
Schedule the Movers
If you’re going to use professional movers, start gathering quotes early-on so you can make the best decision. It’s often best to begin this process as soon as you’ve started thinking about selling your house.
Make sure you read reviews and ask plenty of questions. Also, explore whether there are any ways for you to cut back the cost, such as packing your own items and getting rid of things you don’t really need. Prior to selling your house, it’s a good idea to set a moving budget, so you’re not stuck with any unpleasant surprises.
If you’re moving yourself, arrange for some friends to help you and reserve the moving truck. Also, consider whether you have enough people to drive all of the family’s vehicles to the new home. If not, you’ll want to book a vehicle mover as well.
As soon as you’ve committed to selling your house, you’ll also want to start gathering up your moving materials. This will give you time to get as many free boxes as possible, which will cut down on your costs.
Start packing non-essential items as soon as possible and consider renting a storage unit to store them. This will help with the decluttering and depersonalizing that’s necessary when selling your house. When you start packing, don’t be afraid to be ruthless about what you decide to keep. Giving things away or selling them will save you time, effort, and money.
When you get closer to your move date, designate one box for essentials and put everything you’ll need for your first few days in this box. This way, you won’t have to search for important things as soon as you arrive.
Make Your Move
It’s easier said than done, but try to get a good night’s sleep before moving day. Make sure you wake up early, wear comfortable clothes, and don’t forget to breathe! Keep your pets somewhere safe while the movers or your friends and family load up the trucks.
When everything is packed, give your house a final cleaning and make sure you’ve done everything that was required as part of your contract when selling your house. Check to make sure everything is locked up, and start your journey.
It may take a while to finish unpacking, but the process of settling in starts right away. First, you’ll want to make sure the utilities are working. Then, unpack your essentials box and help your kids and pets get comfortable in their new environment. If you have younger children, make sure you childproof the home right away.
Selling your house is naturally stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Use my team and follow this checklist, and you’ll be able to ensure you don’t miss anything important. Who knows, you might even make it so stress-free that you enjoy the process!
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