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Preparing for the Move into Your New Home

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Moving Schedule

The weeks before moving day can be very hectic. In an effort to help your move transition smoothly, I have compiled a list of tasks to be completed before the moving day. Keep this schedule close by during your move to help you stay organized and minimize stress.

Eight Weeks before Moving Day

  • Contact a moving company and reserve a van and team of movers
  • Take a mental inventory of the items in your house and decide what is coming with you to your next home and what is not
  • Schedule a tag sale and contact a tag sale professional for help.
  • If there are items you have decided to keep but not store at your new home, select a storage facility and start moving these items.
  • If you are moving out of the area, research and select new service providers and request that your personal records be transferred to the new providers medical records to your new doctors. 

Six Week Before Moving Day

  • Secure insurance for new property
  • Organize, prepare, and price items for moving sale

Four Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Begin Packing items you will not be using over the next month
  • Arrange the transfer of utilities and Services into your name effective the day of closing
  • Register children in school  and request transfer of records including medical records, as required
  •  Post notices and Place ads for moving sale   

Three Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Hold moving sale
  • Send change of address card to the Post office  or change online 
  • Contact moving company to confirm arrangements
  • Continue packing  
  • Schedule electrician to remove any light fixtures which are not staying and plate the wires. (pre-arranged with REALTOR®) 
  • Set aside rugs, mats, runners, towel to wipe feet on moving day in the event of wet weather
  • Make small basket of paper towels, tape, markers, toilet tissue, hammer, paper, pens, coffee/tea etc for moving day in both houses.

One Week Before Moving Day

  • Transfer bank funds to new account
  • Obtain certified check for movers  and obtain some cash which might be needed for tips
  • Schedule special garbage collection to take away incremental, hazardous and large items
  • Schedule cleaning to coincide with last removal of possessions
  • Remove hooks and nails and patch walls, painting where necessary) coordinate with your REALTOR® ) 
  • Set aside paper plates, napkins, cups for lunch on moving day
  • Order moving day lunch

 

How Long Should It Take For my Home to Sell?

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Sold House WestportAs a successful REALTOR® here in Westport, I am often asked by prospective sellers, “How long should it take for my house to sell?”

Many sellers are looking for a specific time frame as an answer to their question. The 'average' is not the best answer.  There are many factors that affect how long your house remains on the market. These factors include market conditions, condition of the house, location, the availability of your house for showings, and perhaps most importantly, price.

Your local REALTOR® can pull market data for you to determine how many homes are on the market within the same price range and how many homes have sold within that price range during the past 6 months. This will give you an idea of the ‘absorption rate’ of homes in your price range, in your town.

Typically, buyers are more attracted to homes that are in ‘move-in condition’ than those that need more work. Before you place your home on the market, ask your REALTOR® what improvements you can make to your property so that it will show well the first time and every time a buyer sees it.

It may be ‘common sense’ but one of the factors that affects how long a property is on the market is “Can it be easily shown?” If a buyer is available to see your home during a specific time frame of one day of one week, and your home is not available at that time  or you need longer notice, the buyer will move on to the next house on the list. In this market, there are a lot of homes on the market and it is very important that sellers make every effort to have their home available to buyers.

If you have done all things imaginable to help your house sell (cleaned ,  painted,  de-cluttered, neutralized, mowed the lawn, trimmed the bushes,  repaired  the crack in the ceiling,  made  your home available for every showing  as requested) and your home is still on the market, then odds are your problem is price. Before I meet with sellers, I do a thorough analysis of the market and how it relates specifically to their property. When I meet with sellers I explain what the market says the value of their house is and I walk them through (electronically) the comparable sales. The market has proven time and again that the closer the list price is to market value, the faster that property will sell. The more time a property sits on the market at a price that is too high, the lower the final sales price will be. In short, it is best to list a house at the right price the first time.

Please contact me for more information on what you can do to get your property sold at the highest price possible in the shortest amount of time.

When is the Best Time To List My House For Sale?

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Selling a Home in Fairfield CountyDuring this time of seasonally low real estate market activity, sellers often ask, "When is the best time to list my house for sale?"  Due to the beauty of our spring season here in New England, most sellers pick the spring months to list their house for sale. The flowers are blooming, the grass is green, and the house is light and bright with the spring sun. Many buyers begin their home search in the spring with the hopes of being settled into a new home before the start of the following school year.

Although your home may look its best during the blooming season, spring sellers  do face some disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is the increased competition on the market. The bottom line is, you are not alone in thinking that your home shows the best in the spring and summer months.

My advice to most sellers is, "The best time to list your house is as soon as you have decided it is time to sell". There may be fewer buyers searching for homes during the winter months but typically the buyers who venture out in the cold, snow and icy season are very serious buyers. Less inventory means less competition for your home. This does not mean however, that you should list your home on the market before it is ready to be shown. Having your home ‘show ready’ the moment its hits the market is very important. It is important to talk to a REALTOR® who can help you stage your home for sale before placing it on the market.

If you are thinking about selling your home, I would love the opportunity to meet with you and further discuss the market and how it directly affects you and your sale.

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