Regardless if you're buying a home or selling a home, moving from one house to another is a stressful task. The complexity of the real estate transaction, coupled with the challenges associated with such a significant lifestyle adjustment, is enough to give even the most easy-going of homeowners plenty of stress. How can you maintain your sanity during a move? Our real estate agents believe that the answer lies in proper preparation before, during, and after the home sale is finalized.
What to Do Before You Move
Although you may not know exactly when you'll close on your home sale, you should prepare for relocation the minute you put in your first offer.
- Get Organized
Organization will save you hassle, money, and time. Organize all of your important documents and keep them in a secure location. This includes all licenses, birth certificates, passports, medical documents, and academic paperwork.
- Budget Moving Expenses
Begin researching moving companies between your old home and new neighborhood to compare rates. Read reviews and identify which top three moving companies you believe will fulfill your needs.
- Download a Moving Checklist
A checklist is the most essential tool for moving. Download comprehensive checklists and keep them on-hand throughout the moving process to ensure you don't forget necessary steps.
- Identify Possessions that Won't Be Moved
Take inventory of anything you plan on throwing away, donating, or selling.
What to Do While You're Moving
The deal is finalized, and it's time to start the next chapter of your life! Make the move easier by remembering these tasks.
- Keep Important Documents Separate
Along with your important documents from your pre-moving checklist, make a dedicated file for all real estate-related documents you've received.
- Forward Your Mail
Head to the post office and have all of your mail forwarded. Be sure to notify any subscription providers of your relocation as well.
- Locate Necessary Community Resources
Find the nearest pharmacies, hospitals, grocery stores, police stations, and other resources around the community in case you need urgent assistance.
- Ready the New Home for Living
Right after you're handed the keys, make sure your new home has important items like food, cups or plates, toilet paper, garbage bags, and trash cans available.
- Keep Necessary Items Available
Make sure the essential items like medicine, phone chargers, children's toys, and your occupational items are readily available for daily use.
- Have Your Old Home Professionally Cleaned
After your possessions are moved out, get the house professionally cleaned and make sure that there are no damages present — especially if you're moving from a rental.
- Paint or Remodel Before Possessions are Moved In
It's much easier to complete many large renovation projects or painting projects in empty rooms.
- Prepare for Unexpected Expenses
Unfortunately, unexpected expenses are common, especially after you've moved into the home. Set aside a small budget for these costs just in case.
What to Do After You've Moved
Although you're out of your old space, you'll still need to get accustomed to the new home. Here are three tips we suggest.
- Identify Any Applicable Tax Breaks
Depending on your area and the details of your real estate transaction, there may be tax breaks applicable to your situation. Speak with a financial advisor to learn more.
- Get to Know the Neighborhood
Learn about your neighborhood as much as possible aside from where resources are. Discover commuting times to work or school at different times of the day. Walk your neighborhood in the morning or evening to meet your neighbors.
- Store Important Housing Documents Securely
All of your real estate documents should be contained in a safe, storage cabinet, or other secure space in the event that you need them in the future.
Are you a buyer or seller interested in real estate throughout Nassau County? Contact us today for answers to all of your questions.