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Step 19 to Selling Your Home: Hire Movers and Start Packing

Now that we have gone through the home inspection and appraisal negotiations, 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 closing begins and we won’t know until a few days before closing what time it is scheduled for that day.  Therefore, my recommendation is to move out of your place the day before closing to be safe. If you can’t do that then have your movers come very early the day of closing such as 6am so you can be out by the time closing occurs. Everything must be left in broom swept condition at minimum and you MAY NOT leave any personal property behind that was not already agreed to in the contract.

Unfortunately, we can’t reserve a specific time for closing in advance although we can request AM or PM. AM usually starts around 8am or 9am and PM usually starts sometime between 1 – 3pm.  Usually we don’t know the exact time/location of closing until a few days before closing and buyer is typically the one that drives this decision.

Recommended Movers

Easy Moves :717.805.2886| www.easymovesharrisburg.com

Weaver & Son: 717.774. 7838

Whichever mover you end up using, we highly recommend asking them to bring wardrobe boxes with them for all of your hanging clothes. That way you don’t have to take everything off the hangers and pack the items up. Instead, the movers will simply grab everything in your closets that is hanging, put them on the rods in the boxes and then when you get to your new home you can just grab the hangers and hang the items back up. Saves a ton of time.

Moving Supplies

Start gathering boxes and packing supplies.  Often you can find free boxes on Craigs List.  Otherwise, Uhaul, Uline, and Usedcardboardboxes are all great places to get moving supplies online.

Pets

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.  Everything else needs to go with you. If you aren’t sure, ask us as taking the wrong items can cause problems at the walk through. Also, everything noted as staying in the contract MUST stay.  If the appliances were to stay, you cannot switch out appliances and leave different ones.  The appliances left must match what buyers saw when they first looked at the home.

Questions?  Call 717.963.0016 or homesalesinyourarea@gmail.com.

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Gina Casner

In 2016, I began my tenure in real estate as a licensed Executive Assistant for a leading real estate training coach and subsequently for high-producing real estate teams. I very quickly fell in love with real estate and by 2019, I transitioned into personally helping clients turn their dreams into keys. After dozens of transactions, I have been dubbed the “unicorn hunter,” finding out-of-the-box solutions for clients looking for a home with unique requirements. In addition to managing my real estate practice, I am involved in providing community education on responsible home ownership through my exclusive Path to Home Ownership workshop series. I also am the founder of Chronically Strong, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local communities. I take a holistic and individualized approach to real estate. Buying or selling a home in Central PA can be complex, sophisticated and often a deeply personal endeavor. Your experience should mimic the high level of customer service all of my clients have, while being very specific to your own individual needs. I work with a team of experts to provide a full, complete experience that only a cohesive team can consistently provide. Working with us, you will be given personal attention in every aspect of your home buying and selling experience with the professionalism and consistency of a thoughtful business model. And yes, superior results will follow! On a personal note, I attribute my success not only to my passion for helping clients execute on their next “big move”, but also to my knowledge regarding the psychology of buying and selling. My clientele works in diverse industries with an emphasis on technology, finance, medicine, law, and business. My real estate practice has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to friends, family and neighbors. This track record is only possible because we deliver both results AND an enjoyable experience. Growing up, my family moved frequently all across the continental U.S., but you will hear me say that I am from California because that is the longest place that I lived during my formative years. Moving became a way of life for my family and each place I lived became a part of my story. It taught me that our home truly is the foundation of everything in our lives, and it is this belief that compels me to work hard for my clients when they are buying or selling their home. In many ways, our home becomes a part of our identity, an identity and memory that should be honored. I have been accused of being tenacious and super honest. I like to win (for my clients) but do so with a calm demeanor and a smile. I live in a raised ranch home in Lower Paxton Township with my main squeeze, my teenage son, and our very spoiled dog, Ginger. I have mad faith, and truly believe that each and every one of us is capable of great things. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors’ in Sociology. There is a running joke in my family that every day I go to real estate school because every day my clients teach me something new. I continually invest time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Why? Because I believe that you deserve to have the best working for you. I want to live life on my own terms, and am committed to helping you do the same. Would you like to work together? Please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you! Gina

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