Does the thought of moving emotionally and physically paralyze you? Sometimes moving is a necessity, either because of job or life change. Even if the move is initiated by your own desire to move and make a change it isn’t any easier.
Just the thought of downsizing, decluttering, tossing, and packing overwhelms many people. Even before listing the house for sale, steps must be taken to prepare. As an experienced mover, and having just moved my elderly father on the spur of the moment, I have advice to offer. Moving takes strategic planning. Don’t look at the whole house at one time. You will become buried under an avalanche. Start small and work up to the task. This can be done even if you have a short time frame.
First of all, start with a list. If you have time, start with the repairs that must be made to sell the house. Contact repair companies and get quotes. I also advise that if the house isn’t brand new, get your own pre- inspection. This will help you decide what needs to be fixed in order to recap more money from the sale of your home. Before you paint, clean carpets, and wash windows start with your decluttering process.
Decluttering and tossing can be taxing. Start with one room at a time. Make 3 piles: save, toss, and donate. The items that you save need to also be divided into need everyday or can be packed up for future use. If it is June or July, then pack up the winter clothes and holiday decorations. Neatly stored boxes show much better than over crowded closets. Do the same thing with your papers, home decor, and books, etc. Decluttering and simplifying your life becomes cathartic. You don’t want to move with lots of baggage, emotional and physical.
Once the decluttering is completed it is time for a deep clean. Before putting the house on the market, clean the walls, the carpet, the windows, paint, and replace the lightbulbs. Make sure the front of the house is clean , sparkling, and welcoming to the new owners.
If you know your next destination in life, while waiting for the house to sell, call several movers and get quotes. The best piece of advice that I can give people before moving is to take a deep breath. It will all get done if you take it step by step. The second piece of advice I can give you is to buy a big shovel and rent a dumpster. The third piece is to call me. A Realtor with moving experience is invaluable.