The Moving Process
Whenever anyone hears the word “moving”, usually the response is “ugh!”
Moving from home to home is a huge project and like most huge projects, there’s really only one way to tackle it – by starting…
The only way to finish a project is to start it – this old adage has been burned into my brain and it is something that helps me get things done for my clients and for my personal tasks.
Moving can be intimidating and for most people, it really is just that. Here’s a few ways to make this seemingly insurmountable task tolerable:
- Declutter and throw away anything you cannot donate or give away
- Decide what you want to sell before you donate items
- Create a pile for your favorite charity and keep receipt for taxes after you drop it off
- Have a garage sale and make sure you post the event in Craigslist at least a week ahead of the sale
- Toys, Tools, Electronics, Bikes, Lawn Equipment will all sell easily
- Once you’ve pared down your wardrobe and unnecessary items for the move, start putting in boxes that are labeled for their respective rooms (kitchen, BR1, BR2, Bathroom 1 etc)
After decluttering, it’s time to repair walls. Now, you have to decide if you are going to give the home a fresh coat of paint. If so, please go with neutral colors; this will help the viewings. Repair anything you can that needs to be addressed before putting your home up for sale. Obviously, there will be repairs that you may not be able to do yourself. An inspection will bring those items to light and this can be negotiated with a prospective buyer. Just do the best you can to get your home show-ready.
To stage or not to stage? This depends on your home and price point. If you are selling a home in Park Ridge that will list for more than 400k, staging is something you may want to consider if your décor and furniture is possibly outdated. If you think your home shows well “as-is” then staging might not be necessary. I’m happy to give you my professional advice once we’ve had a chance to talk and go over setting the price of the home.
Once you’ve done your best to eliminate old items or items you just don’t use anymore, you can then contact the movers (if you are doing that).
If you are moving yourself, you can contact the major truck rentals and see who is offering best deal if you know when you are moving. For most 2-3 Bedroom homes, a 26′ truck will do the job and if not, it will definitely do it in 2 trips. Most moving truck rentals give you a full 24 hours so you can pack the truck in the evening and unload it in the morning and then go back to finish the job before dropping the truck off. Renting a truck and moving yourself will save you thousands of dollars. That being said – it’s back-breaking work unless you have several helpers…
Declutter your home – get rid of any unwanted items – clean/repair the home best you can for showings – research moving options – start packing!
If you need moving referrals for the Park Ridge area, please feel free to contact me. I can help by providing reputable movers and save you the aggravation of trying to work with movers that you’ve never worked with.
I wish you the best of luck with your move…..