How to Sell Your Home and Move to a New State
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. – Benjamin Franklin
Moving to a new state can be quite overwhelming, especially if you are in the process of to trying sell your home. Having a plan can not only reduce the stress involved but also keep you on track so that you remain successful in your new adventure. Below, you’ll find our best tips for setting up and enacting your plan to move, all without having to put your life on hold. Let’s get to it!
1.) Make Lists
Lists are incredibly helpful. Having a master list of actions is vital, but so too is understanding your current financial situation to align your needs with the possibilities. For this, we suggest either an Excel spreadsheet or a notebook.
Start with listing what financial information you’ll need, such as your current income and available savings, any current bills (to be automatically deducted from the income), selling and moving fees, and the cost of updates or construction your house will need to sell quickly on the market.
Once you have that in hand, break it down into smaller lists that exemplify your options. For instance, you’ll want to measure each room within your house and list the sizes and fixtures, as well as which colors and styles will work best in the current market. Not everything will need to be replaced, but knowing which items can stay and which will require an upgrade is a huge step forward.
You’ll also want estimates from window installers, plumbers, and any other professionals you’ll need to reach your goal. Keeping all this information together and handy will make it easier to enact your plan and keep you from going over budget.
2.) Save $
Once you have a clear idea of what needs to be done and how much it will cost, it’s time to save your money and work your way down the list at a pace that makes sense for your financial situation. Don’t forget that you’ll need money for moving expenses and underlying fees, commissions, and taxes. By drastically reducing your spending for a time and redirecting it towards your move, you’ll be able to tackle everything that needs to be done. Each time you unearth a new cost, add it to the list so you have a complete picture of how much money you need to save.
3.) Clean & Declutter
As you work your way through your lists, be sure to declutter your house. Often, this is the hardest part of the process, as it’s the most labor-intensive and emotional, but each step forward will get you closer to your goal. By taking the task in bite-sized pieces and setting personal goals, you’ll find it much more manageable. Go through every drawer and closet, getting rid of items such as old paperwork, clothes that no longer fit, toys and junk that no one uses, etc. You can make three piles as you go: keep, toss, and undecided.
Pack up the items you’ll need once you move but won’t be required before, then stack them out of the way. Be sure to label each box carefully. Once that’s done, consider which items need to be thrown away and which items can be donated from the toss pile. When it comes to old paperwork with personal information, be sure to shred it before adding it to the recycling bin. As for that undecided pile, go back through it as many times as needed until you have it properly sorted into either a keep or toss pile. Keep in mind this doesn’t have to happen overnight. The sooner you start, the longer you have to get it done.
4.) Fix What You Can, Yourself
As you declutter, you’ll run into items within the house that need to be fixed but aren’t within the upgrade budget. This is another part where making a list is very helpful. Jot down each issue you run into as you declutter. Instead of trying to sort out more money, consider watching YouTube videos for DIY hacks to save money and get it done. There is a lot of information available, including how-tos, dos and don’ts, and pros and cons for everything from fixing a washing machine to installing a new ceiling fan or even patching holes in walls as you take down the art around your home. When in doubt, ask a friend or do some quick research.
5.) Find a Good Realtor
A significant part of your move will be selling your current house and finding a new one. For this, a realtor is vital. Finding the perfect one will take time, as you’ll need to interview them to ensure they’re a good fit. Thankfully, Forbes has released a list of questions that can help you make the choice, so you can rest assured they have your best interest at heart.
6.) Visit Your New State
Regardless of why you’re moving, you want to make sure you choose a new place to live that provides access to everything important to you. Don’t just go by word of mouth. Doing your research and taking a trip or two to explore can give you a much better idea of where you want to set down roots. Many people choose to rent for a year or two during the transition to get a better feel for the local area and find the perfect new home. That’s a very viable strategy. You can also consider renting a motorhome and exploring until you find that ideal location. Don’t forget to factor in storage fees for your belongings if you go that route!
The information above can seem overwhelming at times (we’ve been there). Sometimes it’s better to work smarter and not harder. If you get through step one and find that the cost of upgrading your home makes a move impossible, you can always contact a virtual remodeling and staging company, such as Lotus3DStaging.com. We can help you present a realistic digital version of your home to show the potential to prospective buyers, which can raise the value of your home as buyers view the possibilities. The care and attention we give to our clients is unrivaled in the industry, we support giving excellent advice on what methods you should employ when selling, taking several concerns off the many lists you’ve made.
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