Moving Checklist

Many people believe that it's harder to sell your home in the winter than the summer. But there are some real advantages to selling during the colder months.

To begin with, far from the sometimes frantic action of the early spring market, sellers can take a little more time to carefully consider offers, and also with fewer homes on the market, there’s significantly less competition. Those things that lead people to make home purchases -- a new job, a growing family, up- or downsizing -- happen throughout the year, so there are still plenty of buyers available. The truth is, winter is a great time for playing up your home’s warm, family-friendly charm.

Start with the exterior

As for any other season, make sure the home’s appearance looks effectively maintained and taken care of, with eaves troughs clear and minor repairs covered. While you can’t fresh paint in winter, washing paintwork and also siding with comfortable soapy water on a mild day can make a huge difference. Make sure the windows are freshly washed also.

Tend to foliage

Make sure that shrubs and tree-branches bent down with snow don’t obstruct paths or entrances; brush the compacted snow off or prune whenever necessary. Ensure that the walkway is shoveled and ice-free before every single showing; not only will this be a courtesy and crucial to making the property look well maintained, but if any visitor slips and is hurt, you could be chargeable for damages.

Adorn the entrance

A wreath on the front door or porch presents a welcoming entrance. Plant urns with festive greenery, the fuller the better: with cedar or pine branches, tuck in sprigs of sacred, dried berries, magnolia leaves, corkscrew hazel or red toe branches with silver ball ornaments and perhaps gold thread ribbon woven through the device.

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Many buyers want a quick, hassle-free sale and would do anything to make that happen when selling their home. But, renovating your home can cost you more, lowering your profits, so when is it actually a good idea to renovate your home before selling?

Because every home is different, some homeowners will need to spend money on their own to make a sale, while others do not. This not only depends on your home’s status quo but the condition of your local real estate market. There are many different methods that can be used to furnish a house before putting it on the market. These can range from a simple clean-up task to a complete renovation.

The deciding factor needs to be the return on investment, or ROI. The cost of improving your home before selling needs to spark a sale price that is certainly higher than whatever you put in, but this can be very tricky to assess. A good agent is able to help you go through the different stages, to determine what will be most effective for your particular situation. It helps with an agent on your side who's going to be well versed with your neighborhood and also the state of the market in general. If you are likely to spend money on your own home, it’s vital to make certain this money will probably be put to beneficial use and create a higher profit at the point of sale.

Here are a couple of things you could do to your home that are free and are exceptionally economical, that could greatly affect the value of your home.

1. Declutter: Clean your property and box up "ALL" personal possessions. Take away those family pics and Beanie Babies collection from inside the spare bedroom.

2. New Curb appeal, get some flowers, a layer of fresh mulch and edge your sidewalk, check your porch for a woodrot or any need for paint. Give it a new look and paint your front door.

3. Paint inside. Paint is one of the cheapest renovations that have the best return on investment. Yes, most people hate painting and you can make the mistake of choosing a color that a buyer wouldn’t like. Here's a tip. Paint neutral colors.

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Calgary real estate market might be growing cold as what is currently being widely reported. So how do you sell your own house in a slow housing market?

Mentally, the seller needs to first set himself up for selling the house - not marketing it, not waiting at a higher cost, not protecting your price, not reprimanding your agent for not doing what's needed, and so on.

In truth, all the above is vital and you do need an expert agent with a good marketing plan to draw in as many buyers as could be allowed. Much the same as some other product - a ton of buyers trouncing through your home is something worth being thankful for, on the grounds that more buyers mean more potential offers. In this manner, the seller needs to contract an agent who is going to create such an environment.

With this in place, here are some more tips:

  • Price it to the market, don't be ravenous. Most sellers tend to set the price too high, thinking their house is worth more than it truly is. Check the prices of similar homes that were recently sold and the listing prices from practically identical homes that are right now available to be purchased in your neighborhood.
  • Get an assessment in advance so you know what the house is worth officially (based on the professional advice).
  • Have your home professionally staged. A professional stager can empty an overly cluttered house and transform into a cozy and welcoming place.

We can help you with all of these things. Just get in touch with us.

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8 Weeks Before

1. Throw away and organize.

Go room by room and get rid of the stuff you don’t think you need, and then organize the rest. Consider the items that will need a bit more TLC when packing, or if they need special insurance coverage in case of damages.

2. Consider some moving companies

Start doing some research on some companies. There are great resources online to get some reputable company names, or refer to friends and family who have recently moved. Get an estimate in writing before you proceed.

3. Create a moving binder.

Use this to track estimates, receipts and to keep a list of all of the belongings that you are moving.

4. Make plans to transfer your children’s school records

Arrange for their school records to be sent to their new school or district office.

Six Weeks Before

1. Get your supplies

Order supplies such as boxes, wrap & packing tape. Don’t forget the specialty boxes or containers for dishes or wardrobe containers for your clothes.

2. Start using up things that you don’t want to take with you

Like perishable foods as an example. The less you have to take with you, the better.

3. Measure your new spaces

It’s a good idea to start measuring the rooms in your new home, and doorway clearances. You want to make sure that your larger furniture will not only fit into the room, but actually be able to get into it.

One Month Before

1. Pick your mover and schedule them.

Get written confirmation on costs, dates and any insurance coverage.

2. Start packing.

Begin with the things that you don’t use as often. High value items may require some insurance coverage from your moving company. Make a list of the things you want to declare. Tv’s, computers etc … note all high value items.

3. Label.

Label all of your boxes with what’s in them, and which room they should be placed in. This will make sorting and putting everything in your new home much easier.

4. Put your valuable aside.

Personally transport smaller items like jewelry & important paperwork and move them yourself.

5. Change your address with the post office

Go online or to the post office to fill out a change of address form or a forwarding address form. You’ll want to ensure that any important mail that you forgot to change your address with, ends up getting forwarded to you so you can change it later.

6. Notify important organizations that you deal with

Contact your employer, your bank, utilities, subscription services, credit card companies, insurance companies and let them know of your new address. Or, if need be, cancel services with them.

Two Weeks Before

1. Book a day off of work for your moving day.

If you can be, it’s important that you’re present for the move. Take a day off!

2. Empty your safe-deposit box.

If you’ll be changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.

3. Get in touch with the moving company again.

Confirm the arrangements again with the company.

One Week Before

1. Pack your suitcases

Ensure that you are finished general packing a few days before your move. Pack your suitcases to ensure that your family members have enough clothes to wear for the days in between your move.

A Few Days Before

1. Defrost the freezer.

If you’re taking your freezer, make sure to defrost, drain and clean.

2. Double-check again with the moving company

Confirm the arrival time and other specifics. Ensure that have the right information, and ensure that the moving crew has your mobile number in case they need to contact you

3. Confirm utilities in your new home

Confirm that your new utilities are hooked up and that the utility company is aware of your move in date.

Moving Day

1. Take inventory.

Before the movers are done, review the bill of lading and inventory list to make sure it is correct.

2. Take a final tour and Lock up

Make sure your old home is clear of all items that you’re taking with you. Lock up and secure the property before you leave

Who to notify when you’re moving:

Utilities and key services

  • Tv/Cable/Internet
  • Gas
  • Hydro
  • Electricity
  • Mobile phone company
  • Postal service

Health Care Providers

  • Health Insurance
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Optometrist & Optician
  • Chiropractor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Massage Therapist

Finances

  • Finances
  • Banks
  • Lending institutions
  • Credit card companies
  • Employer
  • Insurance Companies
  • Canada Revenue Agency Others

Schools

  • Friends & family
  • Subscription services
  • Club memberships

Vehicles

  • Vehicle Insurance
  • AMA
  • Vehicle Registration & licensing Agency