The logistics of moving can be tricky, especially when you’re selling one house and buying another. You don’t want to be left without a place to live, but on the other hand, you don’t want to pay the bills for two homes at the same time. Careful planning is needed.

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How Long it Takes to Clean and Declutter

If you place your home on the market, you’ll need to factor in time for cleaning, decluttering, and making any needed repairs. Your house will need to be in tip-top shape if you hope for a good offer. Hiring someone will speed up the process but will add to your expenses.

It’s a good idea to start packing while you are cleaning. You’ll find it easier to decide what you want to take with you and what items you can donate or throw out. Plan on about 30 days for cleaning and packing.

The Time it Takes to Close

After receiving an offer, it takes about 30 to 45 days for the typical closing process. The buyer will need to finalize financing, and there will be inspections and appraisals to complete. Count on closing more quickly if your buyer has cash. Cash buyers give you more flexibility and a faster closing time.

In the best case scenario, you can close back-to-back on the house you’re selling and the house you’re purchasing. This means you can move right out of one house and into the other. If there are delays, you may have to store your belongings and find temporary lodging.

Dealing with Utilities

Coordinating the shut-off and activation of utilities can also be a challenge. With all the other moving-related tasks to be completed, notifying utilities can fall through the cracks. Designate one family member to make the necessary phone calls.

First, gather up all your paid bills and receipts so that you will have account numbers handy. When disconnecting, leave enough time for a final meter reading. You’ll need to know the exact dates that service will end at the old address and begin at the new address.

Moving into a new home is exciting, but the moving process itself can be stressful, both physically and mentally. You can prevent and reduce the problems by making lists, coordinating tasks, and planning the logistics. Being well prepared in advance can save you time and worry.

Check out this article on the mistakes homeowners make when putting their home on the market!

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