How to Get Your Home Ready for a Big Move

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re doing a house move. But you can ease the stress by getting your home ready for the big day. Here are some tips to help you start your house move.

How to get Your Home Ready for a House Move
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1. Remove Items From the Walls

If you’re planning on taking down the wallpaper or painting during a house move, it’s best to remove all items from the walls before starting work.

This will ensure that they don’t receive damage from paint or wallpaper paste and make for an easier clean up when you finish. If you plan on repainting, take this opportunity to paint all of your doors and trim as well.

2. Clean Everything in Sight

You don’t want to leave a mess for your new tenants or buyers, so clean everything in sight! Start with baseboards and cabinets and work your way up from there. Clean behind furniture and be sure to wipe down the tops of all appliances as well as inside all drawers, cupboards, closets, etc.

3. Organize Everything Else

Go through every drawer and cupboard in your home and sort through everything that doesn’t belong there anymore or you haven’t used in a while (if ever).

It’s a good idea to get rid of things you don’t need anymore, but if you can’t bear to part with something that’s in good condition, put it in a box and label it for donation.

Once you finish, donate or throw away anything that’s not in good condition.

4. Clean the Windows

Make sure your windows are sparkling clean before moving day by cleaning them inside and out. The last thing you want is for the new tenants or buyers to feel disappointed with the view!

5. Clean Your Appliances

Make sure your appliances are clean and dust-free before moving day by giving them a good wipe down inside and out.

6. De-clutter Your Floors

Clear all clutter from your floors so they’re easier to vacuum on moving day. This will also make your home look bigger!

7. Sort Through Your Clothes and Shoes

Sort Through Your Clothes and Shoes for a House Move
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Get rid of any clothes or shoes that are worn out, don’t fit anymore, don’t suit your style or that you haven’t worn in a while (if ever).

If you can’t bear to part with something that’s in good condition, put it in a box and label it for donation. Once you’re done, donate or throw away anything that’s broken or not in good condition.

8. Sort Through Your Books and Papers

If you have a lot of books and papers, get rid of anything you don’t need anymore. You can donate them to your local library or charity, recycle them or shred them.

Just make sure you have a plan for all of your important documents like birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates and so on.

If you don’t have a safe place to store them at home, ask your real estate agent if they have a secure storage facility where you can keep them until the sale is finalized.

9. Make Sure You Have All the Necessary Paperwork

Once everything is clean and organized, it’s time to pack up all of your important paperwork and put it in a safe place. Make sure you have all of the necessary documentation for your move (e.g., copies of all legal documents) and keep an extra set in a fireproof safe for your new home.

This will help avoid any unnecessary delays when it comes time to move in!

In conclusion, it’s always a good idea to declutter your home before putting it on the market. Not only will this make your home look bigger and cleaner, but it will also help potential buyers see how spacious it is.

And if you have any items that you can’t bear to part with, you can always keep them in storage until the new owners are ready to move in.

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