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Selling Your House and Moving

Selling a home and buying a new one can be hard enough, especially if you’re doing it by yourself. If you add relocation to that, the situation easily becomes too complicated and overwhelming. Luckily, there are tips that you can use to juggle all of these tasks successfully and to be fully prepared. Sell your home and move out the easiest way with our tips and the help of the right long-distance moving company.

Start on Time

What you’re going through right now can be stressful. That’s one more reason to do everything right. The key to that would be to allocate enough time to take care of every single task. Time management is crucial for buying and selling real estate. If you’re bad at it, use all the help you can get to make relocation less stressful. Just moving to another state can take up months of preparation, so when you have these two combined, use all the free time you have to deal with tasks that await you.

Selling Your House and Moving

There Will Be a Lot of Planning and Investigating

Prepare for that and start doing your homework – before you put a “For Sale” sign in your front yard, make sure you know the housing market in your area. Check whether some houses similar to yours are being sold now and for what price. You can also see how many potential buyers there are and how fast the homes are sold. That will help you estimate how soon your house will sell, and that way, you can organize your time.

Estimate the Value of Your Home

Getting an appraisal is another key part of planning. In order to sell your home, you need to know its worth and how much you should ask for it. Make your home look its best, fix all problems, and get all the paperwork that proves the worth. Then, you can find a local expert to help you get an estimate.

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Take Care of Your Finances

Moving to another state isn’t cheap, not to mention buying a new house and hiring a long-distance moving company. In order to have enough money for all that you’ve planned, start saving at least a year before the day of the move. Make sure you can afford to have two houses at the same time. You should have paid your first mortgage before getting the second one since not all lenders want to risk and provide a person with two unpaid mortgages. If you have to do things this way, you will have to prove that you can pay for these costs.

Find a Job in the Place Where You’re Relocating

Unless you’re self-employed, you will have another thing to cross out from your to-do list, and that is finding a new job in the new state. Let your friends and acquaintances know that you’re moving and looking for a position in your field of work. Start networking and use all the resources you can. 

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Consider Finding a Real Estate Agent

The person you hire should know the neighbourhood very well. That will help you save time you would otherwise spend researching the houses for sale in the area. This professional will also guide you through the process and make everything easier, especially if this is your first time selling a house.

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Hire a Professional Moving Company

With all of these tasks and stress on your shoulders, packing and doing the logistics of your move will only make things worse. Instead of spending time researching which truck you should rent, learning how to pack certain items, buying all the equipment and supplies you need, getting someone to help you carry the heavy objects, you can simply hire a professional moving company. Check out online reviews and choose the one that has the highest number of satisfied customers

 

Consider Renting for Some Time Until You Sign for Another Home

Since you’re coming to another state, it’s always better to spend some time there before you buy a property. Renting or staying in a hotel solves this problem. If you’ve visited that city multiple times and you already like it, make sure you don’t sign anything before you have a qualified and serious buyer for your first home. This will save you from a lot of potential financial problems. Again, having a good real estate agent to recommend an area in the new state is incredibly helpful.

Home staging is the art and science of preparing a home so that it looks as attractive as possible to prospective buyers. Interior design has a huge and often unexpected impact on how desirable a property is to a viewer. Ultimately, the goal is to have a prospective buyer walk into the house and immediately want to own it.

Staging a home can have a dramatic difference on its entire character. Home staging isn’t just about cleaning and removing clutter, it’s about creating an entire feel and ambiance that makes someone who walks through each room think “This house looks and feels great! I’d love to live here!” A staged home looks not only more attractive but also more spacious, more vibrant and more alive.

Staging a Home Yourself

You don’t need to spend a lot of money hiring a professional home stager who will charge between $500 and $5,000, depending on the size of your home and other factors. If you have a good eye for interior design, you can save yourself money by staging your own home and you may find it to be a fun and rewarding way to see your living space transformed before your eyes.

With a little inspiration and creativity, you can stage any house yourself to make it a true work of art. In spite of the benefits of home staging, many home sellers are reluctant to change the interior of their house to make it more desirable to buyers, and this gives anyone who does decide to stage their house a huge advantage over other sellers.

You can effectively stage a home no matter its size or what style of furniture and home accessories it currently has. The key to creating beautiful interior spaces is to arrange the large items of furniture is such a way so they are effortless to look at (i.e. everything looks completely natural in its place) and then to arrange small items and accessories around the furniture to create the desired effect. One of the best ways to get ideas is to look online for photos and design blogs and then make some notes on what you think you could apply to your home. There are too many good websites to name here but even just a Google image search can give you plenty of ideas.

Using Small Details to Transform a Home

Naturally, there’s no point in spending a lot of money staging a house just to sell it. Home staging is about making high-impact but low-cost changes to the small details in each room. For example, changing sofa cushions and adding an attractive table lamp and two accent chairs next to a side table can completely change the character and feel of a living room. In a bedroom, changing the bed covers to a subtle shade such as vanilla or teal and adding matching side tables can make a huge difference to how the room feels. A table runner and candles can add elegance and sophistication to even the humblest of dining rooms. It’s these details that can truly transform a house. None of these changes are hugely expensive and can be the difference between a property selling in 6 weeks and 6 months.

Very often, you can make more out of less. Small details such as changing old curtains for some luxuriant satin designs, adding patterned rugs or even some fresh flowers to a table can make a huge difference. You may find you don’t need to purchase many additional items at all. By just rethinking the way your home is currently arranged you can come up with many new ideas.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that home buyers are more likely to buy a property that has been staged than one that’s empty. Most buyers like to see houses that are loved and well cared for. Vacant houses can feel lifeless and cold, despite appearing larger by being empty.

Home Staging Doesn’t Hide Problems

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the impression that staging will effectively hide problems a property has (especially older neglected properties). Trying to make buyers unaware that problems exist usually backfires. Buyers may be unaware of problems for a short while, but a property inspection will make that short-lived.

If a building has structural problems or even serious health hazards such as lead pipes or asbestos ceiling tiles, staging is not going to be a solution to those problems. Homeowners may even need to get rid of any pests or bugs that may have infested the home by hiring a professional pest control company. Once any major issues with the property have been resolved and cleaning has been completed, you can get to work on staging rooms to bring out the best in each. Staging a house is only going to effectively speed up its sale when any serious issues have been resolved first.

When in Doubt, Go for Simplicity

Simplicity and minimalism are always attractive qualities, and this is even truer if you are working with limited space. A cluttered room is hardly ever attractive, and the more items in a room, the less attractive it appears to someone who’s never seen it before. If you have small rooms to decorate, less is definitely more. Simple, neutral colors and designs are usually the most effective. This doesn’t mean that you have to decorate every room with dull gray; light shades and subtle patterns can often speak louder than bold colors and strong designs.

Vibrant color can be used in moderation to bring some spice and uniqueness to rooms. Bright curtains and rugs can be used to make drab rooms come to life, but just make sure any strong colors you use don’t contrast. The last thing you want is room to look like an explosion in a Sherwin-Williams warehouse! Simplicity can be harder to achieve in interior design, but it almost always makes a room look more attractive.

All in all, you can stage just about any home beautifully without spending much money at all. The old saying “creativity over capital” is as applicable to interior design as much as anything else. By making some simple changes to how furniture is arranged, replacing some accessories and adding some new details, any room can be given a powerful “wow factor”. You only have one chance to make a good first impression, and that first impression can often be the most important.