The House is Sold, Now What?
Now that you have a signed purchase and sales agreement with a qualified buyer who has a mortgage commitment letter, you have approximately 30 +/- days before you sign papers on the sale of your home and move out.
The first and most important thing you should do is hire a mover, and this should be done as soon as you know your dates. If the date of the move it at the beginning or end of the month, that time period tends to be a busy time for moving companies.
Ask friends and family for recommendations and call 2 or 3 movers to come and give you a cost estimates for your move. If they tell you they don’t need to come and see you to give you an estimate, say thank you and hang up.
Make sure you show them everything that you will be moving; including the items left in the attic, basement, garage, and other storage spaces. There shouldn’t be a big difference between the different movers, if they are all quoting on the same items. If there is a huge difference in price or time ask some questions and set up worksheet to chart the differences:
- How many hours? How many men? How many trucks and what size are the trucks?
- Did they include packing? If so, how much packing?
- What is the estimated weight?
- Was insurance or valuation included in the pricing?
How Movers Charge:
For local moves within a 100 miles of home, you will be charged by the hour with a minimum of 4 or 5 hours. If for example; one quote is for 8 hours/ 2 men and a truck and another quote is 4 hours/4 men and a truck the cost could be the same but the move will be long and dragged out. The truck for the 2 man crew might be smaller and they may be planning on making two or more trips between locations to complete the job. You just want to make sure that your estimates are comparable to one another.
If you are moving to another state, the estimates are quoted based on weight – per 1000 lbs. During certain times of the year there is usually a minimum weight you would pay whether or not you reach the minimum or not. The weight on all estimates should be with 3-4 hundred pounds of each other. If one estimate if way higher or significantly lower than the others, you need to ask questions;
- Why is your weight more (or less) than the others?
- How long will it take to deliver your items to your new home? This is called delivery spread.
- Insurance/Valuation coverage; what is quoted? What other options are available?
Also, discuss with the movers the option of having them pack everything or just breakables (fine china and crystal). Going out of state it may be worth the extra expense for the movers to pack because then the items they pack are covered with valuation, where an item you or someone else packs is not usually covered if it is damaged during the course of the move.
Review Estimates and Select Your Mover:
Once you have your estimates, evaluated them, and determined which one you want to use, book the move for the dates you need. Do not book the move for the day of your closing (on either property) as it’s too confusing for everyone. Discuss your options with your Realtor and with the mover. They will work with you.
Once you have the move booked, you now need to move on with disposing of items to charity and family, and packing up anything you will be packing.