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Great news, you’ve sold your old house! Now What?

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You’ve sold your old house and found a new home to move into! Now, it’s time to close both deals. Coordinating your move and your closing can be a tricky process, laden with possible delays and costly complications. Here are three smart tips for how to keep your closing and moving process quick and easy.

Communication is Key: Just in case something delays your ability to move or close at a certain time, make sure you keep open the lines of communication with the buyers of your home, the sellers of the home you’re buying, your movers and the lawyers involved in the process. When dealing with a process as time and money-consuming as moving, anything you can do to conserve these valuable resources is worthwhile.

Plan Ahead: Thinking about a day-of timeline ensures that you realistically give yourself enough time for each step in the process, and it gives you the opportunity to avoid any major time snags. Prevention is the best medicine, and stressing out on moving day because of poor timing is not a place you want to be.

Take Your Time, Make Lists: Before you leave your old house for good, make sure all your boxes have been loaded in the truck, and there are no stray items hiding away in cabinets or closets. Losing anything is bad, but losing something of monetary or personal value, is even worse. Keep your valuables close on moving day, or if you’re trusting them to the movers, make sure you document where they’re securely and safely packed.

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Don’t Get Wrapped Up In Packing

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Most everyone knows that feeling of overwhelming defeat when they walk into a room to begin packing. When just two days prior, when speaking with a mover, you had insisted you really don’t have that much. Professional packing is the most expensive part of moving, so if you can – go for it.

Know that you are in the majority when you find yourself wondering where you even got all of your stuff.  JUST DON’T PROCRASTINATE. Chances are you don’t have to finish all of the packing in one day. Set goals for packing, maybe the attic one weekend and then next weekend start the kitchen. For some packing room by room helps, others start with what they use the least often, and a few just completely go through everything and de-clutter their living space.

Be honest with yourself. There is a common method for cutting down what you bring from one home to the new one, you should have three designated boxes and one trash can. The three boxes are divided into “Keep & Use”, “Keep & Store”, and “Sell or Donate”, the trash can is for anything that doesn’t belong in the three boxes.  Anything you haven’t used in a year, donate or sell it. If you held onto a teddy bear as a keepsake but can’t remember who gave it to you, donate or sell it. If it is broken or you wouldn’t lend it to a friend or family member in that condition, trash it.  

Almost every aspect of moving is overwhelming, but if you get organized early and plan ahead it can be an exciting time. When in doubt, call your mover to ask how to prepare or pack safely.  If it isn’t furniture – it needs protected via a box before professional movers handle it.