6 Things to Consider Before Selling Your St. Albert Home

Are you anticipating your home to be sold soon, but you're becoming overwhelmed by the steps you need to take? You're not alone. According to a recent survey, 58 percent of North Americans feel as if moving is an even bigger challenge than preparing for a wedding! 

However, moving preparation doesn't have to be daunting if you know the proper steps to take, and we're here to get you through it. Read on for our top six tips on how to prepare for your St. Albert moving day in the most seamless way possible! 

1. Declutter Your Home

If you haven't sold your house yet, one of your first steps needs to be decluttering each and every room. The goal is to make your home appear magazine-worthy so that buyers will have an easier time envisioning their lives there. You'll also find that decluttering will help make your real estate photos look better as well as make it easier to stage your home if you choose to do so. 

Here are a few tips to get you started: 

  • Recycle or store piles of documents, mail, and magazines
  • Clear off all surfaces (countertops, tables) till they're bare
  • Clean off the top of the fridge and fridge magnets
  • Remove all personal photos from the walls
  • Store furniture that's impeding the flow of traffic
  • Hide children's toys and pet toys during photos

Preparing furniture for moving isn't easy. Decluttering your home and moving some furniture to storage will make things easier for you when it's time to move! 

2. Spic and Span

Once your house is decluttered, you'll also find it far easier to clean your home as well as make any minor repairs. The more you do now, the less you have to do during moving day. This includes vacuuming floors, mopping, cleaning windows, and pressure washing the outside of your home. 

If you have limited time, you can reserve cleaning your home until the day of your first open house. Unless your home is noticeably dirty, things like small dust particles won't show up in professional photos. Since you may not have a moving date, while you're cleaning try to watch out for items that you want to take with you but don't need to be used every day. 

Pack them up while you have the time and label them, then store them in your garage or storage facility. 

3. Prepare for Home Inspection

It's recommended to forgo getting your home inspected before the sale of your home. This is because regardless of all the repairs you make, another home inspector after the sale goes through will be bound to find more items that need to be addressed. However, there are a few ways you can prepare for a home inspection: 

  • Repair loose stairs, railings, or bricks
  • Repaint the exterior of your home if it looks weathered
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Make sure your plumbing isn't leaking
  • Replace old lightbulbs
  • Make sure the attic is accessible 

These are all standard things that any home inspector will look for if they're thorough. 

4. Receive Estimates

Once your home is sold and you have a definitive moving date, it's time to find a moving company. We recommend getting at least a handful of estimates from different companies before you make a final decision. It's also important to read reviews online, make sure that they're insured, and see how their customer service is by noting how long it takes them to get back to you.

If you're moving yourself, ask your friends or family if they're willing to help. You'll also want to reserve a moving truck at this time. 

5. Help the New Owners

Although it's not necessary, you can also help out the new owners who are moving into your home at the same time. As you pack and organize, be on the lookout for appliance manuals as well as remotes for fans or electronics that you're leaving in the home. If there are any extra keys, place them in a drawer and be sure to label them. 

You can also leave a list of recommended contractors that have worked for you in the past. For instance, if you like a local lawn care company and want to help them retain a client, adding them to your recommended list can help out both the company and the new owners. 

6. The Last Pieces 

You'll want to call all of your utility companies and ask them to plan on shutting them off the day after you close. It's important that you keep the utilities on for the buyer's final walkthrough, as they'll want to make sure your plumbing and electricity are in working order. 

You'll also want to be sure to fill out a change of address form on the United States Postal Service website. In the chance that mail is still being delivered to your old address, it will automatically be forwarded to your new one if you fill out the form ahead of time.

Moving Preparation Made Easy

Moving preparation isn't half as daunting if you have a plan written down that you can execute. Take things step-by-step and remember that while not everything may go according to plan, you'll still have guidelines to follow. For instance, you won't have to worry about shutting off utilities until a couple of weeks before you move.

In the meantime, start packing, cleaning, and decluttering in stages so that you're not overwhelmed when it's time to pack up the moving truck. You'll also have more time to gather materials for the new owners to make their experience better as well.

Ready to sell your St. Albert home in the easiest way possible with a reputable and experienced real estate agent? Contact us today to get started!

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