A Quick House Move: Is It Possible?

by - April 13, 2018

For most people, the process of selling their home is long and rather time-consuming. Few of us expect that we’ll be able to put our house on the market, find a buyer, find a property we want to buy, and have the whole process wrapped up in record time.

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When you think about it, the fact that buying and selling houses is something we all just expect to take awhile is… a little odd. There’s no particular reason for a long selling process; and it’s more than possible to establish a quick turnaround— so why don’t more of us try to speed up the process? After all, given how difficult and challenging buying and selling property can be, doesn’t it make more sense to try and deal with the whole situation as quickly and efficiently as possible?

The truth is, it is possible to sell your home and find a new property to move into— but to manage it, you’re going to need to be all of the following…

You are… lucky

First and foremost, it’s important we address a simple fact: if you’re going to move house quickly, then you’re going to need a lot of luck.

This is unlikely to be welcome news. Luck isn’t something that you can control, thus the knowledge that a quick house sale will have to involve luck is rather irritating. However, it’s undoubtedly true, and there will need to be an element of sheer good fortune if you’re going to be able to experience a quick turnaround.

However, it’s important to remember an old saying: you can make your own luck. The tips below should help you do just that.

You are... organized

If you’re going to quickly sell your house for cash and move into your new home in record time, then your organizational skills are going to have to be second to none.

If you’re not a naturally organized person, then you’re going to have to relentlessly focus on making notes of everything you do. Keep a paper diary to hand so you can jot down anything pertinent, and set yourself reminders on your phone or smart speaker to ensure everything gets done.

It’s important to remember that you’re trying to organize two separate-but-connected events: the sale of your existing house, and the purchase of your new house. It’s best to try and keep these tasks as distinct from one another as possible, otherwise you can quickly find that wires become crossed and problems begin to arise. Try and arrange your schedule so that you have a day dedicated to each task, rather than doing a little of both every day— this division should really help your efficiency.

You are… prepared to compromise

If you want to go through the moving process quickly, then compromise is going to be a defining factor in the speed with which you can move.

Let’s say there are four things that you want:

  • You want to be able to sell your house quickly
  • You want to be able to buy, and move into, a new house quickly
  • You want to get the asking price for your existing house
  • You want your new house to be the house of your dreams for a great price

Now, in all honesty, the best you’re really going to be able to hope for is three of these things. While there’s a chance the planets will align and you’ll be able to get all four, it’s incredibly unlikely, so you’re going to have to compromise on one of these wishes.

The most likely wish to be compromised is the last one; the fact that you will find the house of your dreams for a great price. If you want the whole house moving process to go as quickly as possible, you might be best widening your options and looking for houses you can improve or renovate to “dream house” status. If you try to hold out to find your perfect, already-100%-as-you-would-like-it house, then you’re going to struggle.

You are… able to pack in a hurry

Packing up a house to move is a process no one enjoys, but can you imagine going through the whole packing process in a rush?

Well, if speed matters, there’s a chance it might happen. If you find a buyer who wants a quick sale, then you’re going to have to vacate the premises as quickly as possible. You won’t have the time to carefully and methodically plan and pack; you’ll have to go through the whole process on fast forward.

The good news is that this might actually be beneficial. Rushing means that you’re going to have to make quick decisions, and that could help bring some clarity to the entire packing process. You will be forced to prioritize the items that matter most to you to ensure they are packed and ready to go, which means you should quickly be able to put together a box of items you genuinely can’t be without.

If any item doesn’t make the priority cut, it’s worth asking yourself if you really need it at all. House moves are a great opportunity to declutter in general, but even more so when you’re going to be moving in a rush.

You are… motivated

Finally, the deciding factor regarding how quickly you move might be an abstract concept— but it is an incredibly important one. The more motivated you are, the more likely you are to be willing to get stuck in, to make your own luck, and to go the extra mile to make sure a quick buying and selling process is possible. If you’re willing to go above and beyond to make sure a rapid move happens, then you have a much higher chance of achieving exactly that.

In conclusion

Quick house moves are possible, but only if you ensure you can achieve all of the above. If you can, then imagine the potential: you could be living in a new house in just a matter of weeks!

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