Moving to Goodyear, AZ

Thinking about moving to Goodyear

in the next 7 months?

Caroline Carter, author of "Smart Moves:  How to Save Time and Money While Transitioning Your Home and Life," is a home transition expert that feels that you ideally need about seven months to get your house ready to sell.  Of course, I've had clients pack up their things in a couple of weeks, but in my opinion, I agree that for some people, 7 months is not too early to start. 

1.  Pace yourself.

Put a plan together and realistically set up a timeline.  You will most likely still have your normal day to day life to contend with so you will need to keep that in mind.  I find it is easier for my clients to schedule times to work on the house and add them to a calendar to ensure they are completed.  It may take up your evenings and weekends but once you are in your new place settled, it will be worth it.  Once you set a target date to be in your new home, you can work backward from there.

2.  Get organized.

Moving is a great time to organize your belongings and hopefully, when you are done you will have less to move!  Start with your paperwork, sort and scan your important papers and shred the rest.  Make sure you keep a list of important numbers and accounts handy. A three-ring binder comes in handy to keep important information while moving.  And remember that you will need financial paperwork for your mortgage process.  You can scan these important items for a paper-free option.  Make sure to use a cloud-based place to store your files, or back them up on a thumb file or external drive.  Evernote is a great online tool to store documents, as well as Dropbox.com. Next, go room by room and organize your belongings.  Determine what you are going to keep, sell, give away or toss.  You can even start boxing up items that you will be keeping but won't be using to store inside a closet.

3.  Timing is everything.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the organizing tasks so you can make your move by your desired target date.  You will also need to factor in any time you will need to complete any necessary repairs on your current home.  Don't underestimate how much time it is going to take you.  By giving yourself enough time, you will make the process less stressful.

4.  Take control of your stuff.

The average house has about 300,00 items!  Be objective when you go through your house and take control of what you keep and what you donate or toss.  Don't lose sight of your goal to reduce the items that you will need to move.  Carter uses blue painter's tape and a black market to mark each item as pack, sell, dump and donate.

5.  Out with the old.

Once you complete the sorting process, you can find numerous companies to come haul any unwanted items away.  You can also contact several organizations to donate items and they will even come pick your stuff up.  Check out Goodwill, Salvation Army, and St Vincent de Paul to see if they will come and pick up your items for free.  For more information visit www.donationtown.org.   Based on Article originally appeared in the Seattle Times.

If you have any questions about moving please contact me.  I have local connections that can help make the process easier for you.  If you would like more information about moving to Goodyear don't hesitate to reach out.

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