Congratulations, you just sold your home! That’s my favorite thing to say to clients, but what happens after that? Today I’m sharing a few tips for making your move as smooth as possible.
You should plan your move two to three weeks in advance. I suggest interviewing at least three moving companies to compare before choosing one; each will be a little different, especially if you’re moving across the country. For my own past moves, I had the movers come in the day before to help pack things up, then actually moved the next day—this makes life much easier.
Next, you need to make sure all the utilities get turned off; schedule that for after the close of escrow, or you can wait a few days as a courtesy to the buyers so that nothing gets turned off on them. These utilities include electricity, gas, cable, telephone, internet, etc. Movers won’t move alcohol or plants (even in pots), so consider how you’ll transfer those to your new home.
“You should plan your move two to three weeks in advance.”
Though your contract states the property only needs to be swept with a broom, I recommend hiring cleaners to make the home shine. You should leave your home the way you expect your new house to look. Also, after removing items hanging from the walls, fill in the nail holes with caulk, and you can go the extra step to paint over them to make the walls look great for the buyers. Additionally, you’ll be receiving many essential documents after the close of escrow, so be sure to update your address with the U.S. postal service so you’re sure to get them all.
Now that all that has been done, order a pizza, have a drink, and enjoy your new home! If you have further questions about this or any other real estate topic, feel free to give us a call or send an email. We would love to help you.