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Preparing to Move? Use this timeline

Posted by Sharon Rosshirt on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 2:20pm.

When it comes to buying a new home, finding the house is one of the most fun things; packing all your belongings, on the other hand, not so much. From my own experience, I can say that you can’t let the excitement of finally moving into your new home make you lazy. It’s so easy to grab objects and dump them into boxes. That’s one of the easiest ways to lose things in a move, to this day I still can’t find my passport.

I’ve done quite a bit of moving and I’d like to think that I’ve picked up a thing or two.  Some of this will change depending on how much time you have until you move into your new home, but to ensure you have as smooth of a move as possible try to follow this timeline:

8 Weeks Out

Get organized: Start a binder for all the move-related paperwork and a notebook for moving notes.

Start sorting: figure out what you want to keep, donate, and throw away.
*reminder: if you’re moving to a smaller place, be aggressive in your decision-making.*

Research moving companies read reviews, compare prices. Don’t forget to use one of your best resources, your REALTOR. Ask for their recommendations.

Notify your landlord: If you are currently renting, make sure your landlord knows. Some apartments in Austin require as much as two months notice on their lease agreement, don’t wait too long and be stuck. At this point, you can also find out when you can have your security deposit back.

7 Weeks Out

Get supplies:  boxes tape, markers and bubble wrap.

Plan a sale: as you start packing and organizing your belongings you will find that there are things that you don’t want to move. You can put these items up for sale to make a few extra bucks while taking less with you to your new home.

6 Weeks Out

Notify schools: This is only if you have children in school. Ask the school for copies of school records and check the enrollment process at the schools near your new home.

Medical records: check with your doctor to get copies of our family’s medical records.

5 Weeks Out

Moving company: decide if you want to hire a moving company or recruit your friends and family to help you with the move. Remember to confirm the date, time, and details of the move.

4 Weeks Out

Start packing nonessentials: begin to box up the things you won’t need right away
*label tip: use different color tape for each room to quickly place boxes once you start unpacking.*

Notify Utilities: start contacting your utility companies to close out service at your old house and set them up for your new home.

 3 Weeks Out

Strategize your food situation: any food you don’t want to move with you. Try to use all the food in your freezer before your move date. Same goes for the pantry, try to use everything that’s open.

Pets and plants make a plan to get your pets and plants to your new home.

Change your address: complete a change of address form on the USPS website. Notify your banks and credit cards.

Transfer insurance: make sure your agent knows you are moving and make sure your policy will transfer to your new home.

Take care of your car: if you plan on moving a long distance, bring your car in for a check-up. Don’t forget to transfer this policy, too!

2 Weeks Out

Pack with a vengeance: start to box up everything left in the house. Make sure to label everything for a smooth move.

Coordinate your valuables: If you have jewelry, heirlooms or other valuable items, separate them from the main move. You don’t want to mix them up with the rest of your stuff. Also, keep them in a safe place so you can transfer them yourself.

Make a clean move: If your new home needs a thorough cleaning, make arrangements to have it scrubbed before you get there.

At your disposal: properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved such as cleaning materials, propane, or paint.

1 Week Out

Confirm, confirm, confirm!: check in with your movers to confirm the time and date of your move.

Pack an essential kit: prepare a suitcase with items you will need right away at your new place. Take it with you. *Do not put it in the truck*

1 Day Before

Keep important documents handy: make sure to have any move documents ready just in case.

Defrost and clear: clean out your empty fridge and freezer. Check cupboards and pantry for any open food items.

Moving Day

Work with movers: Help movers identify fragile or large items right away. Be present when the movers load your boxes into the truck. It is your responsibility to make sure they loaded everything, so it is imperative that you’re there to answer questions.

One final sweep: before you let the moving truck leave, do one last check of your house to make sure nothing was left.

2 Responses to "Preparing to Move? Use this timeline"

How To Get Your House Sold wrote: [...]Let's face it, selling a home has a lot of steps and for many people, they'll only sell their home a handful of times in their lifetime. Here's a quick rundown of the steps that you will need to work through over the next month or two.  
Make Small Fixes
The first thing that any seller should do is develop a sense of what a buyer will see when visiting the house.  Walk through your home and look for minor issues in the house. This might include repairing a creaky hinge, cleaning the carpet or fixing a broken tile.  Being able to see your home from the buyer's perspective will get you in the right mindset for the rest of the process.
Talk to a Real Estate Agent
Unless you have managed a fair share of for sale by owner home sales you probably need help.  A real estate agent serves you with two huge benefits. First, you will have an experienced professional in your corner to navigate the legal elements of your transaction and second, you will have a skilled negotiator in your corner to make sure that you get what you want from the sale.  Additionally, a REALTOR will be able to give you all of the insights you need to sell your house for top dollar.
Set a Price
Your agent can start this process free of charge and without a commitment by pulling a comparative market analysis of other homes in your area.  This report will include a breakdown of what similar houses in your area have sold for over the last six months or so. Figuring out the correct price for your home means that you will spend less time negotiating and less time on the market.  Not overpricing your home can also create multiple offer situations in the fast Central Texas market.
Clean, Clean, Clean
By this point, you will probably be preparing to put the home on the market and start scheduling showings.  You should start removing excess furniture, chachkies, and family photos and moving them either to temporary storage or consider donating things you no longer need.  This will help potential clients really see themselves in your home and make the house seem larger.
Decide Whether to Do A Prelisting Inspection
If you have an older home or think that there may be a larger problem lurking somewhere in your house it may be worth having a pre-inspection.  In Central Texas, nearly every home sale transaction will have an inspection performed by the buyer.  You can save a lot of time by knowing ahead of showings where your potential problems lie and prepare for the negotiations with buyers.
Keep the house clean and the yard maintained
As soon as your home is on the market you need to be extremely vigilant about keeping your home spotless and ensuring that your curb appeal is perfect.  This includes keeping your lawn mowed and weed free, trees and shrubs well manicured and bedrooms spotless and clutter free.
Prepare for Open Houses
Your agent will schedule open houses at your request.  Prior to this, you will want to hide any pocketable valuables and you may consider buying fresh flowers or bowls of fresh fruit to liven your house up.  Before leaving, open all of the blinds and turn on all of the lights.  If your home has any additional special features like a security camera setup or irrigation you may want to put up signs to highlight those features.  While your house is open you should plan on being out of the home, leave the showings to your agent. This will make your potential buyers more comfortable and allow them to really see themselves living there.
Get everything in order for your next move
Once you have an offer you will be getting ready to make your next move.  Check out our moving guide.[...]

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