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How to Sell Your Old House When You Have Already Moved Out

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Sometimes, we have to move to a new home even if our old home has not sold yet. You may be starting a new job, or have other reasons why you cannot wait to move into your new place.

There are many logical reasons to leave your old house vacant while it sits on the market. Here are some tips to keep it maintained and help get it sold after you have moved out:

Find a Real Estate Agent Who is a Good Fit

Leaving an empty house to your realtor implies no small amount of trust. Try to enlist the help of an agent with whom you can have a close working relationship.

They should be able to keep in constant contact with you in order to keep you informed. Any buyer’s interest or feedback should be reported regularly in as much detail as necessary.

A good realtor will also be able to take the initiative when you are unable to approve every single showing or inquiry. This is not to say that they should make big decisions on your behalf, merely that they should not be telling people “no way” just because you failed to answer your phone.

Remember the Importance of Furniture

Furniture can go a long way towards helping sell your home. A furnished room looks bigger and gives the buyer a better indication of how the space will feel once they have moved in. Try to leave behind some furniture if possible, or find temporary replacements if they happen to be cost-effective.

If leaving furniture is simply not an option, the alternative would be to take pictures before you have moved out. Photographs of a furnished room can help stimulate the buyer’s imagination and answer some questions they may have. Make sure to use large, high-quality prints, such as glossy 20x25cm photos.

Keep Up the Curb Appeal

Having a yard that is overgrown or full of snow may inadvertently cause buyers to shy away from your property. Make sure that someone will be able to mow your lawn, rake your leaves, shovel your snow and take care of any plants in your absence.

Giving your landscape a minor overhaul before you leave may also be a good idea, such as planting new shrubs or laying out new mulch. These measures help to keep the yard looking fresh and eye-catching.

Consider a Professional Mover

When dealing with a new job and trying to sell your old home, moving can be just one hassle too many. If you feel like you have enough on your plate as it is, consider hiring a professional Ottawa moving company. We can help ease the transition with our packing and moving services. Our assistance can be the ticket you need to get your new life firmly on track.

Why Have Professional Movers Assist Your Move?

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Professional Ottawa movers can not only spare you from exertion, they can also prevent any mishaps from occurring during the move. With all of the factors you will be facing while you relocate, moving all of your belongings can just be too much for many people to handle.

Here are four reasons you should let us assist with your moving process:
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Simplify Your Life, Simplify Your Move

How to simplify your move

When you are getting ready for a big move the simpler your life is, the easier the move will be. One of the biggest issues many people face when moving their Ottawa home is that their life is too complicated. Simplifying your life can be tricky, but will simplify your move.

As you remove those things that complicate your existence, you feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. Here are some tips for paring your life down to the essentials.

Cut Down the Clutter

The truth is, most of us have a lot of things we do not need. Whether they have sentimental value, or have just been a part of our lives for a long time, these items create clutter. Go through your home and decide what things you do not need.

In the event of a disaster, what important things you would take with you? When the time comes to pack for your big move, you will be thankful that you have eliminated the extras.

The Fast Clean

Every few days to a week, go through your home with a basket or box and do fast cleans. Put your home in order so that it would be presentable if a guest walked in. You may find even more unnecessary items that you can get rid of while doing so.

Make sure that everything is in its proper place, the laundry is done and put away. Hit the main living spaces like the kitchen and living room. These high-traffic areas can make your whole home feel warmer if they are kept in order.

Seasonal Cleaning

With each change of seasons, four times a year, do major cleaning. Get rid of extra stuff that has built up over the past few months. Dust the shelves. Run the vacuum behind the furniture. Remove dust, dog and cat hair and debris.

A deep cleaning every season will help you to eliminate unnecessary extras if you pitch as you go. Clean out your filing cabinet, desk, closets and kitsch drawers. Remove expired food from your pantry. These kinds of major cleaning techniques will keep your life organized and lightweight.

Have a Garage Sale

Rather than simply throwing away those things that you are clearing out, host a garage sale. It can be easier to sell things than to throw them out. This is especially true if you have an emotional attachment to the items you are removing. As a bonus, you will make a few dollars!

Following these basic tips can help you to simplify your life. You will find yourself happier and better able to face the challenges of your day. Even better, when the time comes to call those Ottawa movers to transport your life to a new space, the process will be much easier. If you have less stuff to move, you will also have less to unpack. If you have cleaned everything before packing, you will not have to do it at your new home. If you are ready to start your big move, give us a call!

How to Pack for Your Big Move

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Packing for that big move is both exciting and overwhelming. Many people wish they had an easy guide to getting everything in order for that big move. You have years of possessions accumulated. Where do you start?

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to packing your things, there are some basic tips that will help you put your things in order. Often, a professional packing service may be your best option.

Getting Started

First, take a deep breath and take stock of what you need to pack. Make a list of what should go where, and which rooms can be packed together. Make sure you have the right supplies: proper boxes, packing tape and a good labeling system.

The first things you should pack are those items that you will not need right away. The earlier you begin packing, the better off you will be. Clearing out these items can open up a lot of space for you.

The Essentials

While you are making your inventory, take special note of those things that are absolutely essential. These things should all go into one or two clearly labeled boxes. When you begin the process of unpacking, you will be able to access the things you really need right away.

The Right Boxes

It can be tempting to get big boxes that can hold a lot of things. One of the biggest packing pitfalls is stuffing boxes too full of heavy things, like books. It is much better to keep your boxes light and have more of them than to have fewer heavy boxes. This will make for an easier move and reduce potential for injury.

When packing boxes, try to keep them less than 50 pounds. Keep heavier items at the bottom. A good Ottawa moving company can advise you on the right boxes to use.

Fragile Items

When packing your fragile items such as glassware, dishes, mirrors or framed pictures, be sure that the items are properly padded and wrapped. Each item should be properly secured to protect against breakage. If you are packing glassware or small fragile items, consider boxes with compartments to insulate your items against bumps and jarring.

It is a good idea to pack your fragile items with padding to fill the boxes to the top. This will prevent shifting and breakage.

 

How to prepare furniture for a move

Protect your furniture with our Ottawa Movers' smart packing tips.

As we decorate our home, little by little, we tend to buy things that we really like. At first, we might get items that are low-value and get us by with comfort, but there comes a time when we invest in furniture that can last us a lifetime and sometimes be passed down to generations. When we move, however, we put these wonderful pieces we really like in danger of getting damaged. But we can prevent any worry with proper packing and protection. As professional Ottawa movers, we wanted to share some tips on how you can prepare your furniture for a move.

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Too Much Stuff… Why Not Host a Garage Sale?

Host a garage sale to get rid of unwanted belongings.

Let’s face it, the longer we live somewhere, the more things we tend to own. But how much of this do we actually need in our new home? Will you really use that dress you haven’t put on for 3 years or will the old rec room couch fit into your new home’s look? When preparing to move, hosting a good old fashioned garage sale can be your best bet for relieving yourself of unwanted belongings. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Long Distance Moving Tips

Our Ottawa movers share more tips on moving long distances.

As Ottawa movers we often see many people relocating to our city from all over the globe. With a rich public sector and ample international jobs, Ottawa welcomes many new citizens looking for work or for education. And of course, the further away you move, the more stressful moving can become. To help reduce some of the stress we wanted to share some tips for you to consider when organizing a move from another city or country.

4 Tips for your Long Distance Move

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Need to downsize? Here some tips for your move

Move into a smaller home with our Ottawa Mover's tips for downsizing.

We move to smaller spaces for many reasons. Maybe you would like to be closer to the downtown core, or your kids have left for college and house is just too big. In any case, when you have less space which means you will need to downsize your belongings. But that’s often easier said then done, so here are some tips taken from our experienced Ottawa movers.

Tips for Downsizing your Belongings

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How Ridesharing Can Help with your Commute

Long Distance moving can often lead to a nasty commute.

Moving long distances can often mix up our daily routines and add a long commute to our already long days. However, there are some new ways for commuters to reach their destination without the boring drive or daily visits to the gas station. Ridesharing (also known as carpooling or carsharing) has gained popularity in the recent years as an alternative mode of tranportation because of its convenience, cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness. It’s a great option for young travelers and those without cars, but also for people who have moved to a new place where public transit may not be the most efficient.

What you need to know about ridesharing

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