by Bryan Zupan
on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 1:45pm.
Ready to get moving?
When it comes to selling your D.C. home and preparing for the big move, there’s certainly a lot to think about. From packing and cleaning to remembering all those last minute to-dos, moving isn’t always the smoothest process.
But have no fear!
The SIG Real Estate Services team has all the resources you need to improve your move. Consider this your comprehensive guide to ensuring the journey to your new home is as efficient and stress-free as possible.
Without further ado, here are 8 moving tips for D.C sellers to keep in mind.
Do Your Research
As soon as you decide to sell your D.C. home, be sure to check out the SIG Real Estate Team’s Home Seller's Guide that offers plenty of helpful resources for negotiating and staging your D.C. home for sale. While you’re there, don’t forget to try SIG's free home evaluation tool to determine the right price for your property.
Once your D.C home is sold, research moving companies, cleaners, and any other services you might require to help guarantee a safe and orderly move.
Monitor Your Moving Expenses
Throughout the process of selling your D.C home and preparing for your move, keep track of receipts and all expenses that may be considered tax deductible. Depending on circumstances, you may be eligible to claim transportation, storage costs, and temporary living or meal expenses.
Transfer or Cancel Your Accounts
Now that your D.C. home is officially sold, it’s time to let the world know. Don’t forget to cancel your utilities, cable, telephone, newspaper, and any other services you use. Submit your change of address form to postal services, and change your car registration and driver’s license while you’re at it!
When preparing to move from your D.C. home, you’re bound to spend some time saying your goodbyes to friends and family that live nearby, but don’t neglect other associations and providers as well. Make sure you notify the following organizations before you leave:
Schools and daycare centers
Don't start packing without first stocking up on the essentials.
Guarantee your packing experience is set up for success with an adequate supply of boxes, newspaper, bubble wrap, and markers. It’s always helpful to plan ahead for unpacking, so label your boxes by room to keep things organized.
Now’s the time to give back that wrench you borrowed from your neighbor, and the dress you forgot to return to your friend last summer. As you pack, make note of these items and return them to their rightful owners before your departure.
Give Away What You Don't Use
New home, new start!
Lighten your load by ridding yourself of the items you don’t need or use. Setting some time aside to drop off some donation items is not only helpful for the community, but will ultimately save you the time and energy of fitting extraneous items into your new home.
Pack an "Open First" Box
Reserve one bag or box for the items you’ll need most when you arrive at your destination. You won’t regret making space for the necessities, including:
Basic toiletries and toilet paper
Pens and paper
Water and snacks
Clean & Disassemble
As a D.C. seller, it’s critical to ensure your home is fit for new buyers. Check all closets, cabinets, and rooms one last time before you leave to make sure nothing is left behind. To make things easier on moving day, unplug and clean out any appliances you’re taking with you.
Take Care of Last Minute Details
“Safety first” is always a solid strategy, and the process of moving is no exception. If you’re moving a long distance, have your car serviced in advance and let someone in your life know the details of your travel plans.
Just before take-off, double-check that all systems and lights have been turned off. Leave all house keys, remotes, and mailbox keys for the new owners - and get ready to start your next chapter.