Cross town or cross country, if you are a home seller, moving a household and a home sale is one big project. To lessen the stress, home sellers can follow these 5 easy steps in order to organize for your next big move:
- Picture your things in your new place. Look at each item and ask: How will it feel in the new home? Will it just clutter up the space? Now is the time to get rid of excess baggage. Use consignment shops, Craigslist, and make donations.
- Reduce what you are storing. Go through your attic, basement, garage, closets, cabinets, and shelves. Don’t move anything you haven’t used in years. When you’re down to the (few) items worth keeping, pack them up.
- Trim music and movie collections. Guess what? It’s 2017. You don’t need that old CD or DVD collection any longer. You can have easy access to any movie or music via the Internet in two clicks. Say goodbye to those coveted collections, if you can.
- Put important papers in a fireproof box. If you don’t rent a safe deposit box at a bank, put documents like birth certificates, passports, marriage certificate, property deed, and wills in a fireproof box. Bring it with you the day you move and put the contents in your carry-on bag if you are flying. Call a local shredding company to come to your home and shred any boxes of old paperwork with personal data (such as bank statements and tax returns).
- Back up computer files. If a computer is damaged in a move, data can be lost, so back up all files. Buy an external hard or use an online data storage service such as Dropbox or iCloud.
While there are many things that you can do in order to get organized ahead of moving day on your home sale, these five are a big start to getting through the moving madness quickly and efficiently.