What I learned as a REALTOR when I sold my own house, is above all that MOVING IS REALLY HARD.
First, the home prep to get the house show ready. This is far more challenging for some people than others. For me, it was difficult because we raised kids in the house we were selling- and had lived there for 17 years, so quite frankly it was overwhelming.
My #1 suggestion ? 1) ALL HANDS ON DECK! Engage help when sorting through storage, bedrooms, and even decor and furniture. If possible, hire a helping hand as it is a very time consuming job .
Start early. If you want to sell in the Spring, start Jan. 1st by getting a plan to minimize clutter, get rid of things, stage, ect. The best first step is to call an experienced Realtor to help you with a time-line for selling.
DON'T STORE THINGS YOU DON'T WANT OR NEED TO KEEP ! Only store items you really value.
Use sturdy boxes or better yet, buy strong totes with good handles . Label ALL boxes and totes well. This makes it so much easier once you get to your next home, if all is labeled !
Plan meals while your house is on the market, and while moving so you don't go out to eat every night. It really helps to have hearty, healthy snacks stocked up for a quick meal.
When someone calls to show your home, do you best to accommodate, as it could be " the one " ! Listen to FEEDBACK on your home, but don't take it personally.
When your house is on the market, assume it will be shown so leave it nice when you head out the door.
When the time comes for the actual move into your next place, PACK AND OVERNIGHT BAG! I could not find a thing the first night in our new house. I finally had my husband go buy me a toothbrush ! I realized I should have treated it like a mini trip and packed a bag!
Accept help. If friends or family offer to help with the prep for selling, the moving out or moving in... or cleaning, say YES!
ASK FOR HELP! I paid some college kids to help us move, they were great.
Budget some extra funds to hire movers and cleaners if you are able to do so. Getting injured while moving is a common issue and it is no fun !
Have patience with yourself once you moved. Don't see it as a race to get settled, take your time because MOVING IS HARD!
As a REALTOR I now have an extra dose of empathy for my clients who are all either moving out, moving in, or often times, both! Emotions run high, sleep runs low, and there are almost always extenuating circumstances when someone is moving, so schedule a little self care if you can, such as a walk, massage, or whatever you enjoy.
Most of all when you are selling your home, buying a house or any kind of move - remember " This too shall pass" as my Grandmother always said, and once again you will eventually feel settled, at home.
I have been selling real estate in the Spokane area for nearly 16 years, and this was my first " move " as a REALTOR. I was often saying under my breath " I can't believe I do this to people !" haha, but I truly LOVE what I do, and I most certainly acknowledge that is very hard work for my clients. This recent move was a great reminder that it takes some real planning, organizing, and a whole lot of hard work to move ! I have some great resources in my back pocket I can share with my clients to make it just a little easier !
It has been 2 weeks in our new (older) home and I am finally starting to make some headway with the dozens of boxes left to unpack. Easy does it, not going to rush. I think I will put my feet up for a few minutes, on this box in front of me!