Moving out tips after you sell your home

After you sell your house, you will need to prepare for the day you move out. There are a lot of details that need to be taken care of that you might not realize until you are going through the process. Here are 4 tips to help:

  1. Explore Your Moving Options

Moving all your belongings can be a huge project for some and maybe not so much for others. There are a few choices you have when it comes to movers. The first is you can hire a moving company to pack up your belongings, load them onto their truck, and deliver them to your new location.

The second choice is to pack yourself and have your movers come in and pay by the hour to move your belongings. If you choose this one, the best way to save money is to have all your boxes in one room or your garage to be ready to load onto the moving truck.

Another option is to rent a moving truck yourself, hire some individuals who can move heavy items, and move yourself.

In fact, one of our employees moved this past weekend. They rented a 26 foot moving truck for $115, hired two strong high school seniors to help move very heavy items and paid them each $100 until the job was done. They also asked friends and family to help. They spent a total of $315 to move. They had previously spent a great deal of time organizing and labeling the boxes to go into specific rooms. When they unloaded, each box was colored labeled indicating where the helpers took the boxes. This helped to speed up the process. In the end, they felt the hardest part was loading the truck to make sure it could fit all of their stuff.

  1. Make Sure House is “Clean”

When you are moving out of a house the typical rule of thumb is to have it dust pan clean. However, your buyer could have asked for it to be professionally cleaned in the contract. Make sure to look it up to see what your buyers might have asked of you.

If they haven’t asked for anything specific, to have “dust pan clean” means that everything should be swept up and wiped down.

While it is not necessary, it might help you feel better to add a house cleaner to your moving out budget. A house cleaner can take care of the little bits of cleaning that might add stress on you on moving day. It can help you focus your time and attention on moving your belongings out of the home and into your next space. Be aware that the cost of a moving out cleaning might be a tad more than what you regularly might pay for a house cleaner.

  1. What NOT to leave

When you are moving out of your home, it may feel tempting to think, “The new owners might want this,” and leave an item for them. If there is a piece of furniture that fits the area or items that you think might be helpful for the next owners, ask your real estate agent to ask the buyers if they would like you to leave it.

Another option is to sell your items to the new home owners. When you are moving out you might realize that you do not need or want certain pieces of furniture. Do not be afraid to ask your real estate agent to see if your new owners would like to buy them from you. Even giving them a “won’t have to move it” discount might be helpful. This could be a gift to both you and them.

  1. Remove Hazardous Waste

One main rule to adhere to is making sure your home is free of all hazardous waste. The main problem tends to revolve around paint. When I moved into my first home, the previous owners had endless amounts of paint cans. While I felt grateful to know the names of the paint if I needed to do touch-ups, I didn’t need tons of almost empty paint cans taking up space in my closets and garage. By the time I needed to use them, they were too old to use, and I had to buy a new paint. When I moved into my second home, I asked the sellers to leave the paint labels so that I could buy the paint color myself if and when needed.

Since paint is liquid it cannot be thrown directly into the trash. One tip is to add kitty litter to your paint cans. This will dry it out and it will no longer be a liquid.

You Are Not Alone

Having a real estate agent to help walk you through the details of moving out of your house after you sell it will make a huge difference. He or she can give you suggestions, references, and help you make sure your home is ready to pass on to the next owners. Moving out of your home doesn’t have to be as stressful experience. By using these four helpful tips and asking your real estate agent for support, your move should go smoothly.


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