Getting a new home is pretty awesome; brand new neighborhood, maybe in a new city, and new opportunities. Not to mention, new places to grab a drink or bite to eat, but buying a home takes work. You’ve got plenty of things to juggle: offers, agreements, inspections... and more paperwork, than you've ever seen. And what about your stuff? Hiring a mover or doing it yourself?
If you're scheduling both a move and a closing, here are a few tips that can make your move frustration-free.
First off - DON'T MOVE ON CLOSING DAY
Closing on a home is a big deal. It's stressful. Moving is a big deal, and is also stressful. Do yourself (and everyone around you) a favor and don't order up a double pressure sandwich. Even if everything goes off with military precision (it won’t), you'll still be crazy at the end of the day. There are better options.
SCHEDULE YOUR CLOSING BEFORE YOUR MOVE
Sounds simple, but this happens - sometimes closing dates can change. If you've put a deposit down on your movers and have it in there schedule, it can cause problems. So if possible, don’t try to cram your closing into a tiny little time slot because you’ve already scheduled movers. With a decision as large as buying a home, and with so much paperwork to handle, you don’t want to rush and miss something important. Take your time. Figure out when you can close first, and only then, schedule your move.
PRE & POST CLOSING OCCUPANCY
In the vast majority of home sales, closing day is literally the day the home changes hands. But some homeowners have gotten a bit more creative. When selling, you could negotiate a day or two of post-closing occupancy that allows you to schedule your move after the closing date has passed. Similarly, when closing on a new home, pre-closing occupancy would allow you to move your things into the home (or maybe the garage) prior to the actual closing. At the very least, both of these routes help you avoid temporary storage (and the stress and expenses that go along with it) between homes. Just make sure the terms are clear in your contract.
Plan for contingencies and stay in contact with everyone! If and when delays hit, talk to all parties involved. They might be facing delays on their own moves and could use an extra day or two themselves; you never know. Lastly, be ready to roll with the punches. It'll all be over soon enough, and the biggest home issue you'll be facing will be choosing the color of your kitchen and living room.
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