Selling your home can be a big decision for some people and making sure all your questions have been answer so you don’t have doubts about selling or simply to help you prepare to move to a new place.
Questions to ask yourself before selling your home:
1. Where will I move once my home is sold?
2. What’s my timeline to prepare the home for sale?
3. What’s my mortgage payoff balance?
4. Do I need to stage the home?
5. What are comparable homes selling for?
6. Do I have all the paperwork for my real estate agent to review?
7. How much money will it cost me to sell my home?
8. Is this the right time to sell?
9. Do I need to buy a new home right away?
10. How much house can I afford?
11. Will I need a down payment?
12. How big of a house do I want?
To-Do Checklist before Moving:
Once your house is sold you need to prepare yourself for moving day and if you plan it at least 4 weeks before your move you will be less stress.
☐ Sort your must-have items, donating and/or selling the unwanted items
☐ Set aside expensive items into a safe place (jewelry, art and cash)
☐ Sell unwanted items by having a garage sale
☐ Decide how many boxes you will need to buy
☐ Buy moving supplies and boxes (get wardrobe boxes for your clothes)
☐ Start packing (if you have children hire a nanny or packing professional)
☐ Label each package
☐ Set a date to turn-off utilities (phone, gas, water, electric, trash/sewer, and cable/internet).
☐ Clean out refrigerator, cabinets, and garage (start eating or donating food you have in a pantry)
☐ Contact your DMV and local post office to change address
☐ Contact your insurance agency if you are moving to another state to make your cover
☐ Call your doctor to get any prescriptions
☐ Arrange for new utilities to be turned on
☐ Gather all your important documents and keep them in one place
☐ Count all packages and boxes
☐ Get at least 3 quotes to compare moving companies prices
☐ Hire a moving company. If you are moving yourself get a moving truck
☐ Plan to take the day off of work
☐ Confirm moving times with moving company
☐ If moving out of state, sort out traveling arrangements and service your vehicles.
☐ If moving with pets, plan on making traveling arrangements
☐ Have the house cleaned
☐ Give the house one more last walk through to make sure you don’t leave things behind
Move-In To-Do Checklist:
Now that you have moved-in to your new place you have a lot to organize to make the house feel like your home. Unpacking and arranging furniture it’s just some of those things you need to get done. Use this checklist to get you situated in your new home.
☐ Save all documentations from the sale of the home
☐ Send Change-of address notices wherever necessary
☐ Inspect your new place
☐ Verify all your boxes and check for any damage items
☐ Check that to make sure all fire detectors work
☐ If you don’t have a fire extinguishers get one or two
☐ Familiarize yourself with the functions of the home
☐ Register kids to school
☐ Introduce yourself to the new neighbors
☐ Familiarize yourself with local shops, grocery stores and restaurants
☐ Change the locks if necessary
☐ Make extra key copies if necessary
☐ Have a housewarming party!
Selling your home and moving can be stressful so having a checklist to plan ahead will help you get organized. We hope these checklists makes your home selling and moving experience easier.