Congratulations! You’ve sold your home to a great new family who can’t wait to move in and being making their own memories. Soon, you will be in your new home as well; you only need to move all of your stuff first. The moving process typically takes time, but if your home is already sold, chances are that you’re on a rapid schedule. After all, you want this new family to start enjoying this home as much as you did, as soon as possible. Here are a few key things you need to keep in mind when moving out of a home that’s recently been sold.
It is much easier to move out of your home if you are prepared to move in advance of the final closing. Once all of the paperwork is signed, the new buyers will technically own the house, and being well prepared for this eventuality will make the process less strenuous on everybody. Most buyers will be accommodating to your schedule in moving out, especially if you have a busy work schedule or if the movers can’t get there until a specific date. Just be sure to cover all of the details with the new owners before closing, to make sure everyone is on the same page!
Account for All of Your Belongings
With all of the excitement surrounding the sale of your home and your upcoming move, it can be easy to overlook or forget items in your current home. Be sure to double-check places like the attic, garage and basement, as these are places where people commonly overlook items and leave them behind. Also, you may want consider leaving some things behind for the new owners if you think they might be particularly useful to them. For example, you may have some kid's play equipment that your children have outgrown but would be perfect for the new owner’s young kids. Just make sure that you discuss it with them first.
Decide What to Part With
Along with any extra items that you have discussed, there should be an itemized list in the closing documents stating what items come with the house. Generally, anything that is bolted to the ceiling or wall, like fans and blinds, is included with the house. You may also want to discuss the transferring of certain services, such as alarm monitoring, with the new buyers.
Consider Donating Food
It can be a struggle when it comes to making a decision on what to do with all of the food you have in your newly sold home. Many choose to throw it all away; there is a better option, however. Stevens Worldwide Van Lines and some of its agents proudly support Move For Hunger. This allows you to set aside all of your unopened nonperishable food items and a representative from the agent will collect the food and donate it to a local food pantry during your move. What better way to give back to the community you’ve called home for so long? Ask your Stevens Representative for more details!
Clean the Home
This part should be particularly easy once all of your things have been moved out. Sweep, vacuum, wipe down counter tops and drawers, wash walls and give the kitchen and bathrooms a good once-over. These things, along with an empty house, will give the home a nice squeaky-clean feeling that the new owners likely looking for.
Make sure your mail and utility services are forwarded to your new address. Once you've done that, it's finally time to leave the keys on the counter. You’re now ready to give yourself and the family moving in, a fresh start.
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