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Moving...Must Sell

Friday, February 8, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Moving...Must Sell

Sellers often find themselves in the situation of waiting until the last minute to sell. Things happen, let's face it. We love to procrastinate. So even though you know that your spouse has been in the running for that perfect position on the East Coast, or a loved one has been terminal for the last two years, or you have ageing parents that are now 90; you've waited all this time to put your home on the market. Now...you "MUST SELL" and those two words circle the sharks looking for easy pickings. It feels like such a heavy burden but it doesn't need to. 

You need to sell, you want to sell quickly, you want the best possible results. This is where working with the right Realtor and Brokerage Firm is critical. The right team is the one that markets and sets real expectations. They over-communicate to keep you in the loop and make themselves very accessible to any and all your questions and concerns. They care about you. They will negotiate, navigate and guide you through the entire seller/sales process. 

Behind the scenes however, what I really want to talk to you about is YOU. What do you need to do? You have a job that is critical as well. Those of you who know me, KNOW that I love check lists. I have them for everything I do. Every day I have a To Do List-prioritized. There is  nothing like checking off that box and watching the list get completed. It is such a great feeling of accomplishment. So, when it comes to moving with so many irons in the fire and much at stake, there are several lists you should and need to have. These are just a few...

  • What things are you keeping?
  • What are you donating?
  • What are you taking to the dump?
  • Getting a storage unit or a pod (or both)
  • Reserve a truck if that's the way you're going and calendar that date for pickup.
  • Plan your move out strategy and your deadine for being out
Then...focus and work like crazy to make it all happen before that date. 

One of my favorite checklists is a Microsoft Word Checklist (pre-made). It's called Change of Address Checklist in templates. AMAZING!!! It covers so many things that we never think of until it's too late. Not everything will apply to everyone so check it off. You are already winning. Extra Credit!!! Seriously reminds you of everything you would forget to cancel or get from Home Services and Utilities, Pest Control, Post Office Address forwarding, Voter Registration, school information for your kid's transfer of records, Professional services i.e.: Dr's Records, Veterinarian Records, etc. I LOVE THIS LIST...

Don't leave things to chance. At the end of the day every day, review your lists. If you have forgottten something, add it to the right list. Check off anything you may have forgotten to mark off earlier. (I do this as soon as possible because of the sense of accompliishment) Revel-if you will in your progress and stay the course. Jot down questions for your Realtor. One thing we are not is Psychic. Two-way comminication is critical. Your Realtor is there to work for you and help you accomplish the Seller Checklist/timeline. 

When your feet hit the floor in the morning your goal is to accomplish all your checklists early enough in the process, prior to your dealine, that when you cross that finish line in the sales process (closing day) you do it without breaking a sweat. You've got this!

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