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Moving Before Selling Your Old Home

By Beth Drucker

Sometimes there's no way to avoid moving before you've sold your home. You may have some emergency to deal with, or you might simply want your kids to start out the semester in their new school. Whatever the reason, it often takes time to find a suitable buyer.

If you've already found someone to sell to, then the process is simple and the only thing you have to focus on after you move is paperwork. But if you still need to sell your home, the process can be more difficult. Sometimes one family member can stay behind and work on selling the home, but that isn't always possible. If the latter is the case, the following are some tips to keep in mind when trying to sell your home from a distance.

  • Don't forget to stage your home. If you can, leave behind some of the furniture in a nice setup that would appeal to the potential buyer.
  • To keep potential burglars away, put your lights on a timer and leave your security alarm on. You can give the code to your real estate agent for when he shows buyers the house.
  • If you need to take all of your furniture with you, then leave behind photos of each room that were taken when it was furnished. Make sure the carpets are clean, touch up on any scuff marks, and hire someone to take care of your yard. Hiring someone to do so also keeps potential burglars away by making it look lived in.
  • Stay in close contact with your real estate agent and stay updated on how many people are viewing the house and what feedback the agent is getting.
  • Make sure to review your homeowner's insurance provisions because some policies have a cap on how long they'll cover vacant homes.
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