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Tips to Prepare for Moving

“Traveling is easy if you use a GPS or road map to reach your destination”. You should also organise before moving to keep your move well planned, easy, and less time consuming.

Here are some basic tips to prepare before moving:

Make a Moving To-Do List

You should be prepared one month before the move and plan accordingly. The moving to do list must include finding a local mover to unpack and organise at the new place.

Find top 5 local movers and packers

It’s good enough to search for 5 top leading movers in the location to get a free estimate. You can search the web or take reviews from people on the movers and their reputation.

Prefer moving companies that supply materials

Based on the quote estimate, make an agreement with a moving company that provides packing materials.

Prepare a Moving check-list

It’s important to have a printed check-list to categorise the things to move on preference. Get a list of all the items that should be packed by the movers and sort it. Mention the heavy items and outdoor items separately.

Organise utilities like TVs and Gas Connections

Make sure to disconnect your TV cable, gas connections and other similar utilities 2 weeks before the day you move.

Discover local resources

It is necessary to find local resources like supermarkets, water & cable services and other resources nearby the new place before the move. Find the necessary Organisations

Two to three weeks before the move, you must inform the organizations you are a part of, that you are moving. You also have to clear all dues with them.

Give Prior Membership Applications

Be ready a week before to fill out forms and applications for getting new residential, church memberships and more

Pack Your Essentials

You should pack valuable items like jewels and bank documents. Clear your wardrobe/closet of clothes and self pack them in bags. Its good not good to use cardboard boxes for this. Free your kitchen of perishable items

Clean your kitchen out of perishable items like soaked and frozen items and vegetables. On moving day, defrost your freezer for easy handling.

Get rid of garbage and unwanted things.

Avoid carrying unwanted things to the new place by donating or throwing them away.

Home Buyer Tips In a Sellers’ Market, How To Increase Your Odds

In a sellers’ market, its best for buyers to be educated about the specific area they would like to purchase. In a sellers’ market, sellers usually like to view as much offers as possible to maximize their profits thus creating a bidding war with buyers, much different from when the market is slow and considered a buyers’ market. Knowing how to present the offer or what to ask, will help you in finding the best property in a sellers’ market. Below are a few tips for buyers:

Ask how many offers seller currently has. If no offers have been submitted, that might indicate property is possibly overpriced or is fairly new on the market. It also lets you negotiate differently and perhaps getting a lower price.

Have your agent do comps in the area and submit with the offer. Sending comps with your offer shows sellers the reason for your offer price on their property. Sometimes sellers set their own price even if their agent provides them comps .

Send a full offer package, not an incomplete one. Since it is a sellers’ market and very competitive, do not send offers without proof of funds or approval letter. The offer will most probably be over looked decreasing your odds. You want to increase your odds of getting the property in a sellers’ market, not reasons why the offer should not be considered.

Do not ask for closing cost. Though many buyers need it or would just like to receive some funds for closing, in a sellers’ market, they will most likely move to an offer that is not requesting closing cost.

Offer as much as you are willing to pay. In a sellers’ market, there is not much time to negotiate on the property much like when it is a buyers’ market. Offering as much as you are willing to pay will increase your chances.

Close as quickly as possible. Some sellers’ are looking to close as quickly as possible due to job transfers or other personal reasons. Some buyers request a closing date 60 days from offer due to various reasons. If your offer looks good enough with a quicker closing, you increase the chances of getting offer accepted.

Communicate with the seller when viewing the property. Buyers should not speak with sellers about price when they go and view the property; the agent does this with the listing agent. A good conversation about the history of the home instead can influence the seller to take your offer. Sellers’ are attached to their homes and sometimes prefer selling their home to buyers who will take care of and love the home.

These are some great starter tip to help buyers in a sellers’ market. There are many more ways to increase odds of purchasing your dream home in a sellers’ market. Buyers should always understand that sellers’ always try to maximize their profits when the market is on their side. With great negotiating skills and some time, you can find the right home at the right price even in a sellers’ market.