Moving is often stressful and frustrating, but John Seggerman and his fellow agents want moving to become a positive experience for clients. The less prepared a client is, the more upset and confused he or she will be when moving day arrives. Seggerman Homes has provided key tips to keep the moving experience positive and avoid common mishaps.
Get to Know the Neighborhood
John Seggerman knows moving is less disconcerting when clients know where they’re going and what will be there. He recommends visiting the neighborhood in person if possible, as many times as clients’ schedules will allow. If in-person visits aren’t feasible, clients should vet the area online. “Our website contains information on everything from school districts to parks to family festivals,” Seggerman says. “Ask us about anything that interests you and we will find the information you need.” Whether or not the realtor is from Seggerman Homes, Seggerman also recommends keeping in close touch with realtors as well as mortgage professionals, contractors, and other people that may be needed during the move.
When clients move, many of them become tempted to change the whole house to suit their tastes. It’s better to set priorities. Once new homeowners unpack and settle, they should deal with anything that needs immediate attention. This includes plumbing, electrical, computer, and telephone issues. If clients have children, childproofing is a must especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Leave the new paint job, the floor replacement, and the furniture restorations for later unless they present safety issues.
Work With the Movers
Too many homebuyers consider movers, contractors, and other home professionals a nuisance – people that will damage or misplace possessions or try to do work they would rather complete themselves. Seggerman Homes urges clients to treat these people with respect. Tell them what is needed early on, before the move if possible. Ask contractors and inspectors for honest assessments – can insect removal or window treatments be done at home or should professionals help? Then listen to their recommendations and be as receptive as possible.
Find the Fun
Families get on each other’s nerves after days of unpacking and eating fast food. As charming as the new house may be, get out of it as much as possible. Find activities everyone can enjoy and seek out places or events that cater to specific family members’ interests. If Mom is a bookworm, she’ll need to know where the nearest chain store is. If the kids enjoy science, visit a local museum or aquarium. Athletic interests can be served with trips to local parks or calls to local leagues. Clients should plan special family outings before the move – perhaps a visit to a popular ice cream parlor or upcoming festival.