Making the transition of moving out of your home, while purchasing a new one, is a busy and stressful time. Working with a good realtor can make this process smoother, but there are some steps that sellers can take the initiative on to make the process easier and avoid issues.
Forward the Mail
The first thing a seller may want to do is have mail forwarded to their new address. Luckily you can do this right online which saves a trip to the post office. In addition to forwarding the mail, you will need to inform any companies that send you mail to start sending to the new address. Make sure the buyer of your home has the mailbox key.
Switch the Utilities
You can go online and set up your utilities to be stopped at your current address, and started at your new address, on whichever date you need. Make sure to inform utilities of the moving date for your electric, gas, cable, water, sewer, and trash so that they can discontinue service at your current address on the closing date and start service on the new home right away.
While you are switching utilities, you may want to use this time to also call your home insurance agent and have them cancel the policy. Most like you’ve already set up a new insurance policy for the new home, so simply cancelling the old policy is the only way they will do this. They won’t do it automatically for you unless you tell them.
Clean the House
Even though you’re busy packing, cleaning is essential. Make sure you have cleaning supplies around that aren’t packed yet. Even though someone else is taking on the home, it’s understood that you are cleaning the home as if you are risking a security deposit, so underneath the fridge and any gathered dust needs to be taken care of.
Staying organized is essential to moving out of your house and purchasing a new one. Sellers can make this transition smooth by making sure everything has been cleaned, packed, policies and utilities cancelled, and everything started at the new home.
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