Now that the Due Diligence deadline is past and any appraisal issues have been sorted out, it’s safe to hire movers and start packing Call now to get moving estimates and secure a mover as they often get booked up weeks in advance. Also, if you’re moving out of a condo building check with the HOA president or Property Management Company to see if you need to pay any move out fees, reserve an elevator, or if there are move in restrictions, etc. Be sure to tell the moving company what floor you’re on if you live in a condo building and whether your building has stairs vs an elevator so they block off enough time for your move.
Remember that you have to be out of your place by the time specified in the contract. Most often, possession transfers is upon recording. That means, that possession transfers to the buyer when these three things have happened: 1) all parties have signed the closing documents, 2) all funds have been transferred, and 3) the new deed has been recorded at the county recorder's office. This usually happens on the same day. My recommendation is that you move out the day before closing is scheduled. If something comes up and you are not able to move out as expected, let me know immediately. I will do my best to resolve this with the buyers, but remember, they may be under time constraints as well.
Start gathering boxes and packing supplies. Often you can find free boxes on Craig's List. Otherwise, Uhaul, Uline, and Usedcardboardboxes are all great places to get moving supplies online.
Moving can be incredibly stressful on pets so consider having them stay with a friend or in daycare for a few days while you move and get settled into your new place.
Items to Leave
Usually anything attached to the walls such as shelving, curtain rods, curtains and curtain rods need to stay. If certain items were negotiated in the contract to be included, for example, a refrigerator, make sure you leave it behind. If in doubt, call me. Everything else needs to go with you. Taking the wrong items can cause problems at the walk through.