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You’ve made the decision to sell your home, and relocate. There are plenty of reasons you might be moving — taking a new job, needing more space or an extra bedroom, or responding to a change in your financial status — but, whatever your reason, you’ll be selling your home and moving into a new space.

If you’ve read our Sellers’ Guide, then you know that your Keller Williams agent will help you every step of the way during the process of selling your home, but it can be a complex, emotionally intense process, and some reflection and preparation will help smooth the way.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but we hope that you’ll treat it as a jumping-off point for your own checklist. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a shout!

Pack for Your Future Floor Plan

It’s perfectly natural to start packing things according to your current home’s layout (“This closet goes here, that bedroom goes in those boxes…”) but you’ll be doing yourself a disservice by giving in to the temptation. Maybe your new home has a huge pantry but tiny cupboards. Maybe your new bedroom has a walk-in closet, but there’s no storage in the hallway. Perhaps that painting in the living room would work much better in the new study.

Before you begin packing, draw up a full floor plan of your new accommodations, and pack everything with an eye to exactly how you expect to unpack it later. That way, all the boxes go to the right rooms, everything is where it needs to be, and you aren’t left scrambling trying to figure out where to unpack all the bedding when your new home doesn’t seem to have a convenient linen closet.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but we hope that you’ll treat it as a jumping-off point for your own checklist. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a shout!

Solve the Invisibles

You’re probably so busy thinking of everything that you’ve forgotten to pay attention to all the things you’re taking for granted. If you are moving just a short distance away — say, within the same city — then this may not apply, but if you’re moving farther, then it bears mentioning. For instance, will your bank account be accessible in your new location? If you want to avoid exorbitant out-of-network ATM fees, consider opening an account at a new bank and transferring some or all of your funds. If you take any prescription medications, or if you’ve got a guy who stocks a particular brand that you just can’t live without, set up connections in your new location sooner rather than later. Forwarding prescriptions, well in advance, will save you from scrambling at the eleventh hour.

Give some thought to all the things you depend on, all the things so habitual that you don’t even think about them, and think about them. Make sure you’ve got a plan to meet your needs, when your move is complete.

Let Everybody Know

Sure, you’re planning to submit a Change of Address to the USPS. That’s just a given. You’re planning to cut off your utilities, but what about everyone else? Is there a service provider who has landscaped your yard every July, who will be in for a surprise when he calls you and finds out that you won’t be needing his services? Do you have a dentist appointment booked for your regular check-up, six months from now?

When you live in a city long enough you weave into its fabric, and disentangling yourself is no small feat. Giving plenty of notice, and tying up all your loose ends, is simple courtesy, and it might save you from burning bridges, paying last-minute cancellation fees, and a host of other hassles. Plus, it allows you an opportunity to say goodbye to the family, friends, colleagues, and service-providers who have helped make your current location a home.