Either buying or selling a home can be extremely stressful, it can be even more overwhelming if one is trying to do both at the same time! The good news is that this happens all the time and by following a few simple tips, both buying and selling can be a seamless process.
The good news is that you're planning to move anyway. Before you list your home for sale, why not start packing now? Take personal items and excess furnishings and pack them up and move them to storage. Not only will your home look larger and neater, you are getting a start on the move!
Next, make sure your agent understands the timeline and requirements up front. There are many standard contingencies which can protect you from owning two homes at once or none at all. Not only can the purchase of your new home be contingent on successfully closing on your current one but you can also reverse the process and ensure you find a replacement before the close as well.
Finally, get the entire family involved. Be excited about the change and create a moving plan in which everyone has a task and there is a plan for the move itself. By taking a few initial steps, moving can be fun and easy.