Transitions With Jean Blog

Have you thought about selling your home? A bit of advice.

August 1, 2021

Good heavens, it is hot out there.

No, I am not talking about the weather. I am talking about the house-selling market.

Seniors and Boomers, if you have ever thought about selling your house, but are overwhelmed with the work to get it ready, think again. Your time is now.

Before you start, I have critical advice for you – advice that you would only get from a senior move manager.

Do not, not, NOT list your house before you know where you are going. Whether it is an apartment, a senior community, or a condo, have a signed agreement in place and have a firm plan set before you list your house.
Every day, we are getting calls from folks who sold their house and have nowhere to go. Their stress is going through the roof. They thought it would be easy to find a smaller home. It is not.

If I could wave my magic wand to help you have the most stress-free move possible, it would look like this:

Step one - Figure out where you are going. Plan what will move based on what you want and need in your new home. Don’t spend time thinking about items you won’t be moving. Don’t haul anything to charity. Just, ‘what do I want and what fits?’

Step two - If you have the financial ability, move. This is the most important part to relieve stress. The scariest part will be done. You won’t be living in the mayhem.

Step three - Have the family and/or a transition service deal with all the items you have left behind. This can take about five weeks after you move out.

Finally, step four - then, and only then, list the house. Once the house is empty and ready for the potential buyers, let the Realtor take care of everything. You don’t have to deal with showings or getting anything ready. Potential buyers will be thrilled that it is empty, and they can move right in.

Do not listen to the following advice:

“It takes two months to close on a house, so you’ll have plenty of time to clear it out.” (If you haven’t been able to do it in the past ten years, what makes you think you can do it that fast? Clearing out 40 years of treasures takes some time.)

“Let’s just get it listed and see what happens.” (What will happen is it will sell. Then what? Panic!)

Now that I have given you all of this to think about, I want you to think about one more thing. It is hot out there. You don’t have to fix your house up to sell it. Get on your way first, then get out of the way and let it happen. And it will happen. The next thing you know, you’ll be saying those words we hear from all our customers about a month after their move: “I wish we would have done this a long time ago.”


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