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When to Schedule Movers in the Home Selling Process

Make the moving process as painless as possible.

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.

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