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June 11, 2019

Don't Panic If You're Moving Before Your Home Sells--You Have Choices

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving to Houston in advance of your house selling is often a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there's no need to throw all your mess in the car and speed out of the house whenever a real estate professional wants to show the home. On the other, no one really wants to manage two mortgages. Here are some pointers for exiting a bare residence, so you're able to go ahead and transition into your new one in Houston.


The Accidental Landlord

It's correct that various areas of the country have such a robust real estate market that property owners may have numerous offers the day their homes are listed. The flip side of that is that you'll find equally as many sections where residences will not sell swiftly. Should you be in the latter classification, you might not have the luxury of staying put up until the property sells--even more so if it is an employment change that is beckoning.

Opt to rent your old house in the event your home is slow to sell--it could be a financial win-win. Turning into an "accidental landlord" provides these types of possible positive aspects.

· Money supply to alleviate the pressure of two house payments

· Your tenants deal with routine maintenance including lawn work

· Tenants likewise pay attention to dripping water lines or even downed limbs that may cause significant problems for your residence

· Populated houses are usually less likely to be vandalized

· You continue to build equity in your old residence

If you decide to go the renter path, you are taking your home from the market for at the very least six months, more probable a whole year. If you're a landlord newbie, engage a property management business to take over the process. They'll obtain and check out tenants, deal with the leasing paperwork, ensure that the house is rent-ready, attain the rent money, and distribute the monies according to your state's leased-property regulations. Most management firms ask for a percentage of the rent as their fee.

Vacant Houses can be Simpler to Sell

A significant myth regarding real estate is that a vacant house is challenging to sell because a likely home buyer needs to view your furniture to envision their own inside the space. Here is the reality--real estate agents at times desire a bare home to a populated one.

Here's why:

· An empty home is straightforward to stage. There is a reason the Netflix show Tidying Up is such a huge hit--we all exist with way too much stuff. Pushing all your tennis rackets, mops, and space heaters inside of a closet on top of the winter scarves and pet carriers isn't an option when you're getting your residence ready to sell. Purchasers want to see a completely unrealistic image of a Real Simple-inspired closet with evenly spread, matching hangers, and a perfectly positioned basket on the floor for two pairs of sparkling clean gardening boots.

· A vacant home is simpler to get ready for the market. Unless you had been ahead of the neutrals trend and all your areas happen to be cream, your realtor is going to insist you paint the home either that or pale gray. Painting, housekeeping, refinishing floors, and the other odds and ends necessary to make your residence habitable for another person are hard to do if all the household furniture, kids, along with dogs are scampering through non-stop. As well as the cardboard boxes spread everywhere.

· An empty house is simple to show. As your property is always show-ready, it will be less stress for everyone along the transactional chain--you don't have to be on red-alert all the time, the realtors understand they are able to take a customer any moment, and a possible home buyer won't be annoyed because they can't see the home whenever they want.


You can't merely shut the doors and drive off after the moving company loads the moving van, you'll want to keep the utilities on and also the lawn looked after. Here's the normal housekeeping for a bare house.

· Power

· Water

· Gas

· Lawn service

· Security system

There are certain apps that let you control the HVAC, lamps and lights, as well as home alarm system remotely. Ask your realtor regarding yard care in the event you move prior to when you have a contract--some will offer that assistance, as well as regular checks to the house--as an element of your deal.

Never despair if you haven't sold your residence before it is time to move to Houston; you do have options for your old home. Allow your real estate professional or property manager undertake all the work, allowing you to focus on your new home.

And, if you want the aid of a professional moving company to get your things from your old house to your new house, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Houston a call!


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