Plan for this cost when moving and don’t delay the moving process
Moving is like spring cleaning: you keep finding things you didn’t know you had which equates to more time in the move preparation process. The cost of time is an important value as it is one you are in fact able to manage. You can never start early enough to plan for a move, which will reduce your stress, increase your control and result in a much more seamless experience.
What are the components of moving?
- Reduction of possessions
- Addressing deferred maintenance and repairs
- Cleaning and staging
- And finally, selling.
It sounds straight forward although there are steps that occur under each of these headings. With the reduction of items, this can take one week to a few months depending on the number of items. When starting early,
it is a gift you can give yourself. Having a friend or family member also helps greatly. My sister and mom just completed reducing mum’s garage and did a fabulous job! Additionally, there are professional organizers and move managers (such as ourselves) that can also help you.
For repairs, a handyman can accomplish a lot. If something larger is needed, such as a new roof or a large amount of painting, it is important to schedule appropriately as busy contractors can take weeks or even months before they can come out.
Having a list of what is needed to be done so that you can keep track is extremely helpful. If you need help, your realtor or professional services can be beneficial. When planning, do not forget landscaping as curb appeal is what will help make a car driving by and stop in it’s tracks to ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ over your home!
Let me know if you have questions, I’m here to help!
By Kimberly Shute. If you would like to learn more about real estate and move management services, please let me know: 971-227-1302 | www.mmret.com or email Kimberly@mmret.com