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24
May

5 Things to Do Before Moving Out of Your Home

Moving out is not as simple as just finding a new home, packing your things, and driving away. If you have decided to move out of your current home, there are some logistics and tasks that need to be done and taken care of before doing so. If you are unsure about anything in the process, you’ll want to talk to a real estate agent to get advice on how to ease or speed up the process and what mistakes you should avoid. Look at the following items as some of the things to keep in mind or to be on top of so that you can make the moving process a lot smoother and a lot less stressful for yourself.

1. Clean your home.

Keep in mind the mentality that you would have when looking into potential future homes if you were the next buyer of this home. This is easy to overlook when you are focusing only on how to pack your belongings and move it all out. Think about all the dust and dirt that has accumulated in the corners and cracks of your home that you don’t access often or even during the packing process of moving all your belongings around. Just keep a mop and broom around to do some simple tidying and cleaning up. Keep in mind that as you are leaving your current home, another homebuyer will shortly be moving in. Leave the home as it was when your first moved in or as you would like to see it if you were the next homeowner.

2. Change your address early and also leave your new address behind.

When you are certain about moving out and have already signed for a new home to seal the deal, make sure to start changing your current address to your new address for all your bank accounts, subscriptions, and more to avoid the trouble of not receiving your mail at your new address. And to be safe, also leave your new address behind for the future owner of your current home so that they know where to redirect the mail that was sent to your old address. This is especially important if you have any bills to pay off that come in through the mail.

3. Cancel Utilities and Insurance Coverage of Current Home

Moving out of a home and into a new home means that you will need to cancel or change many things in regards to insurance, utilities, and subscriptions. When beginning insurance coverage on your new home, remember to either cancel the insurance coverage of your old home or check if the insurance company has already done that for you. Keep in mind that some insurance companies may not automatically do that for you. When moving out of your old home, make sure to let your utility company know the date to discontinue their services at the old address and also the address for where to forward your last utility bill.

4. Pack Smartly and Visualize How to Unpack and Decorate Your New Home Beforehand

Organize your moving boxes. The process of unpacking may take longer than you expect itto, so make sure to separate the items you will need within the first few days of moving in. This may include bedding, toiletries, and a few clothing items so that you can avoid the need to dig through all the boxes that you have yet to unpack and organize. Also, organize all the items in each box so you know which room the items are designated for in the new home. This will allow the unpacking process to be smoother and more organized. Knowing which items you would like in which room of your new home will help you organize and label the boxes.

5. Hire a Professional Moving Company or Rent a U-HAUL

The fastest and smoothest way to move your belongings in the moving process is with less trips back and forth to the old and new home and also more helping hands. Imagine how much more time and effort it takes to move box after box from your old home to your new home with your own car. Compare that to all the boxes you can fit in a U-HAUL truck you can rent or even with a professional moving company that you can hire to move all your belongings with one trip and many helping hands.

Hopefully these tips have allowed you to feel less stressed and nervous about the moving process. We know the process can seem difficult at first, so we want to help you! Feel free to contact us today so we can start helping you through this next step in your homebuying journey.

10
May

5 Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

You have just decided to sell your home. You are probably unsure of where to start, so here are some tips to consider and ponder over to help you succeed in selling your first home.

The first step to selling your home is to make sure you are prepared! Do your research, find a good agent, and make sure you’re on track for a smooth and successful home sale.

Keep in mind that the process of selling a home does not happen overnight nor just in one week. There are many different successful approaches, but they all require commitment, communication, and patience from you throughout the whole process. These are steps to take into consideration to guide you into the right direction in the process of selling your home.

1. CLEAN your home.

Imagine yourself in the place of the future buyers of your home. What would they be looking for that would attract them to consider your home? Selling a home is all about the first impression you give to your future buyers, so make sure to clean your home before anything else. A dirty or messy home may lead potential buyers to think that the systems and functions in the home might not be working properly, so a clean home will show that you have been maintaining and taking care of the home.

2. INSPECT your home.

This next step involves hiring a home inspector to take a look at your home’s structure, systems, and appliances to determine whether they are working properly or whether repair or replacement is needed. Home inspectors allow you to have a heads up on aspects of your home that could potentially raise red flags for buyers. Knowing the condition of your home, this will help you know how to price your home accordingly.

3. REPAIR or TOUCH UP your home.

Take action after going through the home inspection process, even if you don’t have any major problems. There should always be something that will help you make your home look nicer and end up attracting more buyers. Repairs and touch-ups may include finally fixing the leaky pipe, repainting the walls, or patching up wall defects.

4. Get an APPRAISAL for your home.

When you’re ready to price your home for your potential buyers in the next step of the home selling process, it is helpful to get an appraisal for your home. This is one of the most important parts of selling your home because this is where you decide what to price your home to attract potential buyers that are willing to buy. Experts will know how to price your home according to its value in the market using an objective and professional opinion.

5. STAGE your home.

This step in the home selling process allows your potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home and gives them ideas on how to decorate and furnish the place. Your goal is to move around your furniture or reconstruct the design of your home to highlight the parts of your home that make it unique.

6. PRICE your home.

This is a crucial step for the process of selling your home. Agents will help you by using a comparative analysis process, where your home is compared to other homes on the market. The analysis compiles information on the details of other homes in your area that are also in the market. This information may include how many days the homes have been on the market and what their price is in the market. Agents will be able to use this information to come up with a price that will differentiate your home with the other homes already in the market.

7. MARKET your home.

An agent may be able to provide a photographer to takes photos of your home and create advertisements on the internet, social media, around the neighborhood, or through word-of-mouth. They may use the price of your home or the unique qualities of your home to help your home stand out to potential buyers. Once you start marketing your home, keep the buyers who might visit your home so you can accommodate them in your schedule and also be able to prepare the home prior to their visit.

Hopefully these steps have helped you gauge where to start the process after deciding to sell your home. We know the process can seem daunting at first, so we want to help you! Feel free to contact us today so we can start helping you through this exciting journey.