When you sell your house, the entire experience can be stressful, to say the least. There are a few things you can do to ease the pain and have as "calm" an experience as possible. The following moving checklist for when you sell your house may come in handy.
Of course, there is the part about selling your house. When you sell your house as a "For Sale by Owner"it is not often a good idea. In the end, statistically, according to the National Association of Realtors, a For Sale by Owner ends up losing money because the house sells for less than it could have. Hire a professional Realtor, get the right price, and worry about your move instead of showing the house.
Now the house is sold, here are a few things to consider. Get in touch with the Utilities, including electric, phone, water, internet/cable, gas, etc. Be sure to leave the utilities on at least until the day of closing.
Then make sure you let various professionals know about your move and new address, including your broker, accountant, doctor, dentist and lawyer.
Next, check to make sure the appropriate government offices are aware of your new address. These include: the IRS, the Post Office, school (if applicable), motor vehicles, voter registration, Veterans Administration, etc.
Do you belong to any clubs, such as Rotary, Kiwanis, health and fitness, country club? Check in with your insurance companies: auto, health, home, life, etc. Don't let coverage lapse because the insurance company can't get the bill to you.
What about your business accounts, like the banks, cell phone, internet provider, department stores, credit cards and finance companies. Protect your credit and give them notice of your move and forwarding address.
Then move on to newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Be sure to give plenty of notice so you get continuous coverage, or don't get billed for a newspaper that you no longer receive.
And of course, there is the "miscellaneous" category. This might include your pharmacy, house of worship, dry cleaner, hair stylist, and your business associates or golf buddies.
The more you can do to prepare for moving when you sell your house, the easier the entire experience is going to be. So relax, be organized, and as much as possible, enjoy the experience when you sell your house.