- Plan ahead by organizing and budgeting. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical on moving day, and create an estimate of moving costs.
- Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle.
- But don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, you're probably right. However, it's possible to go overboard in the heat of the moment. Ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it. That will eliminate regrets after the move.
- Pack similar items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils. It will make your life easier when it's time to unpack.
- If hiring movers decide what, if anything, you plan to move on your own. Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you. Don't forget to keep a "necessities" bag with tissues, snacks, and other items you'll need that day.
- Remember, most movers won’t take plants. If you don't want to leave them behind, you should plan on moving them yourself.
- Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to lift. Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds, if possible.
- Don’t over-pack boxes. It increases the likelihood that items inside the box will break.
- Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes. If necessary, purchase bubble-wrap or other packing materials from moving stores.
- Label every box on all sides. You never know how they’ll be stacked and you don’t want to have to move other boxes aside to find out what’s there.
- Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.
- Keep your moving documents together in a file. Include important phone numbers, driver’s name, and moving van number. Also keep your address book handy.
- Print out a map and directions for movers. Make several copies, and highlight the route. Include your cell phone number on the map. You don’t want movers to get lost! Also make copies for friends or family who are lending a hand on moving day.
- Back up your computer files before moving your computer. Keep the backup in a safe place, preferably at an off-site location.
- Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.
- Make arrangements for small children and pets. Moving can be stressful and emotional. Kids can help organize their things and pack boxes ahead of time, but, if possible, it might be best to spare them from the moving-day madness.
Reprinting from Realtor® magazine (Realtor.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copy write 2008 All Rights reserved.
Definition: The most probable price in cash, terms equivalent to cash, or in other precisely defined terms, for which the evaluated property would sell in a competitive market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, with the buyer and seller acting prudently, knowledgeably, and for self-interest and assuming that neither is under “undue duress.”
What affects the market value of a home?
- Size of house and lot
- Interest rates
- Prices of recently sold properties
- Competing properties
What does not affect the current value?
- Original price
- Needed proceeds
- Wanted proceeds
- Cost to rebuild today
- Personal opinions of family, friends or neighbors
Value is determined by what a Buyer is willing to pay and a Seller is willing to accept in today’s market. Buyers should make their pricing decisions based on comparing a property to other properties sold in the area.
Making an offer
Everyone wants to get a deal, however the strategy of making an offer involves more than just throwing a price out to the seller, hoping they will accept it. First and foremost, if you want the negotiations to be successful, you want to submit a reasonable offer that the seller will be willing to work with. Starting off with an offer that is too low could offend the seller and halt any further negotiations. It is also important to remember that sellers all have different motivations for selling, and are all in different financial positions – all of which can affect what they may be willing, or able, to accept for their property. When submitting an offer you should take into consideration the condition and location of a property, as well as the current market value for the neighborhood.
Each property and circumstance is different, but a strategic negotiation plan, along with realistic expectations, can result in a successful purchase!