Top 5 Things to Make Moving Easier
For most people the thought of moving brings visions of boxes, checklists and potentially missed deadlines. What if that weren’t true? What if it could be relatively stress free? Here are the top 5 things to do that will make moving easier and less stressful.
-1. Start with the right real estate representative. There are a couple of reasons why this is so important but let’s start with making sure that you are using a REALTOR®, not just a licensed real estate agent.
Here’s what’s important about that… REALTORS® are member of the local, state and national Associations of REALTORS® which means that in addition to the legal requirements any licensed agent must follow, they have voluntarily agreed to be bound by a more stringent Code of Ethics. Violations of the Code of Ethics carry repercussions beyond those enforced by law. This means you are more likely to have a better outcome in your transaction.
-2. Develop a strategy. Once you have chosen your best representative, work together to get clarity around what is really important to you and then craft a plan to accomplish that. Want a hint? Most folks start a real estate conversation with, “I want 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large yard, etc.” Experience shows that description is the container for what you want, but it’s not the thing you truly desire. Figure out what that is and make sure you plan moves you in that direction.
-3. Stay open-minded. Make sure your strategy includes the ability to consider alternatives to get the result you want. Many times folks get so focused on what they thought they were accomplishing that they lose track of the ability to look for better solutions.
-4. Be ready to move. Even before you know where you’re moving too, the process should begin with thinking about what you really want to move and what you may be ready to let go of. Open every cabinet and closet and have a look behind the things you are used to grabbing from the front. Do you really still need or want all of those items?
Keep in mind that the more you move, the more it costs — even if you are doing the packing and moving yourself! Think about this, just having to get extra boxes to pack the stuff you may not want any more takes energy and effort even if the boxes themselves are free. Now, you may need a bigger truck to load and transport all the extra stuff you really didn’t need or want anymore.
Another benefit of only moving what you truly want is that you may be able to sell some items, or donate them and get a tax deduction. More savings of your hard-earned dollars!
-5. Communicate. Stay in close communication with your REALTOR® throughout the process. This can be a great stress reducer because experience shows that although buyers often are reluctant to ask questions or voice concerns when they do it makes the transaction much less stressful for them.
Curious about how this can work for you? Call 661-375-7325 or email Sally@YourRealAdvantage.com today and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let’s talk about how to get you from where you are to where you want to be!