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How to Coordinate a House Closing and a Move

Great news: You’ve sold your old house and found a new home to move into! Now, it’s time to close both deals. Coordinating your move and your closing can be a tricky process, laden with possible delays and costly complications. Here are four smart tips for how to keep your closing and moving process quick and easy.

1. Make Your Move

The best way to coordinate your move and your closing is to align your move with the moves of the people involved in your transaction and closing. Yes, that is easier said than done. Getting everybody in the chain on the same page can be complicated, especially when dealing with real estate agents, lawyers and banks; but, the initial effort will save you time, and potentially money, too. Making sure everybody can move in and out on the same days means that your belongings will spend less time trapped away in boxes and in the possession of movers, who may charge you to hold your items. When dealing with a process as time and money-consuming as moving, anything you can do to conserve these valuable resources is worthwhile.

2. Communication Is Key

Life happens, which means bad things can happen. Just in case something delays your ability to move or close at a certain time, make sure you keep open the lines of communication with the buyers of your home, the sellers of the home you’re buying, your movers and the lawyers involved in the process. If an unforeseen expense is hampering your ability to pay the closing fees, or a snag in the packing process requires more time than you budgeted for, be sure to let everyone else involved in the move know. Giving everyone a heads up means that the problem can be resolved faster and more successfully than if it was left unmentioned. Murphy’s Law may seem to apply directly to your move, but that doesn’t mean you can’t undermine it with a little creativity and communication.

3. Time It Out

Once the moving and closing date has been decided, you can coordinate the process even further by drawing up a rough timeline of events. The more you know about how the day should unfold beforehand, the easier it will be to budget your time. Thinking about a day-of timeline ensures that you realistically give yourself enough time for each step in the process, and it gives you the opportunity to avoid any major time snags. Prevention is the best medicine, and stressing out on moving day because of poor timing is not a place you want to be.

4. Keep Back-Up in the Bank

There are several costs that come along with moving and closing, and you don’t want to be unable to pay them. That’s why it’s important to have enough easily accessible money in the bank, or on hand, to cover these charges if an unexpected expense comes up. Additionally, know how much your mover charges to hold your boxes overnight, just in case a problem in the closing prevents you from moving into your new home right away.

 

Please note that this editorial content was produced by staff of Moveboxer.com, who are not employed by ForSaleByOwner.com or by Tribune Digital Marketplaces. This article has been republished for additional education purposes. This article is not affiliated with any links or products that appear on the on the same pages. Read more about our editorial policy.

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When to Schedule Movers in the Home Selling Process

So, you’ve sold your home. Congratulations! The hardest part is over, right? Yes and no. You’ve gotten past all the negotiations with the buyers, and everyone has signed on the dotted lines, but now you need to focus on hiring a moving company to transport your belongings.

Scheduling the Movers

The first step is to take the proper precautions in verifying the credibility of your moving company. Do some research, and make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors for suggestions. Then, once you’ve chosen a company, it’s time to look at scheduling. This is where things can get hairy. Scheduling the actual move itself is dependent on the time of year and other details of your move.

Keep in mind that spring and summer are the busiest times for movers; if your move’s going to take place in the dead of winter, it won’t be as difficult to reserve your spot in the company’s schedule.

But, if your buyers want to move in as soon as possible, you obviously want to help them out, within reason. You can’t achieve the impossible – determining the availability of your favorite moving company on such short notice – but you can try to accommodate the new residents as much as possible.

Try to Book a Mover Two Months in Advance

If you’re not being squeezed by restrictive time constraints to be out of your house as soon as possible, it’s good to call and schedule the move about two months in advance. This gives you ample time to sort things out, but also time to leave the buyers a decent amount of time to move in. And a period of two months allows you to have a better chance at choosing the day that works best for the movers pick up your stuff, rather than having to work around their schedules.

You should schedule your move after you’ve cleared the contingency stage when you feel confident that your deal is most likely going to go through. If your sale suddenly falls through, or your closing date gets postponed, you will be stuck with a moving appointment that might need to be rescheduled, or even canceled.

Please note that this editorial content was produced by staff of Moveboxer.com, who are not employed by ForSaleByOwner.com or by Tribune Digital Marketplaces. This article has been republished for additional education purposes. This article is not affiliated with any links or products that appear on the on the same pages. Read more about our editorial policy.

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Planning a Long Distance Move

When making a long distance move, it’s important to realize that planning will quickly become your best friend. Well-laid plans will make sure that you leave nothing to chance when the sale of your home, all your life’s possessions and hundreds (or thousands) of miles are involved. Which is why following these few tips will make your life, and your move, a lot easier.

Store Documents in a Safe Place

The last thing you want is to lose an irreplaceable, vital document you need for the closing of your home. This is where making copies comes in. Obviously, keeping the originals is also important, but having an extra set, just in case, is a good way to go.

Allow Time

Don’t allow the new owners of your house to move in until the day of the closing. To have them move in before would only put unnecessary pressure on both parties, and you wouldn’t want them to be put out if the plans change. For the same reason, don’t plan on moving into your new home until the day of your closing either.

Review Your Documents

To ensure a smooth closing – or one as close to smooth as possible – review the needed loan documents beforehand. You may not be able to detect all mistakes present in the forms, but giving yourself more time will make you more likely to catch potential snafus before closing day.

Drive Your Own Car

After the closing is done, pack up the car and get ready to move into your new abode. And we do mean pack up your car. Although you can ship your car, that adds unnecessary expense (barring specific circumstances when it might be needed), so driving your car is a way to save money during your move out of state.

Get Your Bearings

A long distance move means changing cities, neighborhoods and possibly climates, so get ready for a shift in your mindset as well. Before you hop across state or country lines, make a list of the important contact information you’ll need in your new town – the pharmacy, doctor’s office, the best pizza place in town. Once you’re scrambling around unpacking and figuring out your new city, you won’t also want to be frantically looking for a doctor. It pays to do this research ahead of time and to keep it in a safe, memorable spot, so you can find it when you need it most. It might also be a good idea to email it to yourself and your family members and to input these new contacts into your phone, so they’ll be easily accessible.

 

Please note that this editorial content was produced by staff of Moveboxer.com, who are not employed by ForSaleByOwner.com or by Tribune Digital Marketplaces. This article has been republished for additional education purposes. This article is not affiliated with any links or products that appear on the on the same pages. Read more about our editorial policy.

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