There’s a lot to consider when it comes to selling your home, especially in the competitive markets of Doylestown, Jamison, and other Bucks County neighborhoods. Between choosing the right real estate agent, marketing and staging your home, and preparing for inspections and open houses, it can be easy to lose sight of another important part of the process: the move to your new home.
While most people don’t tend to relish the tasks associated with moving, there’s no reason it has to be a daunting experience. There are even things you can do while you are still in the process of selling your home that will make your eventual move easier. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Organize in advance. Way in advance. This tip will help you in every aspect of this process, from selling to moving. Creating a binder for all paper documents, warranties, receipts, policies, and other important papers will save you from scrambling to look for information when it’s needed. You can dedicate a section of the binder exclusively to moving, and use it to keep track of your research into moving companies and other relevant data.
Let staging do double duty. One of the cardinal rules of staging is to declutter, so if you are going to be going through your stuff to clean up for open houses and create a more appealing feel for prospective buyers, why not take advantage of the opportunity to make packing easier? Evaluate the things you are clearing out of the way to stage your home, and make three piles: no longer usable, give-away, and to-be-packed. Trash what you don’t need and won’t be of use to anyone else, donate what you don’t want but could make someone else’s day, and pack the things you may not want prospective buyers to see but that you want to bring with you to your new home. Create an inventory list for each room. As you are going through and staging, make a list of the items in each room that will eventually find a new home when you move. This will ensure you don’t leave behind, or accidentally throw away or donate any items you want to keep. Just as important, when you move into your new home, you will have a list of what should go in each room.
Take care of your valuables. Another thing to keep in mind when staging is to be sure your valuables and personal items like medicines and jewelry are not accessible to people coming to see your home. Use this time to organize your valuables, keeping them safe and in one place for moving. Check prescriptions and see when they need to be refilled so that you aren’t caught without needed medication in the busiest days of the move. With the help of your trusted real estate agent and a few organizational tips, you can take a lot of the overwhelm out of selling your house and moving—leaving you free to enjoy your new home!