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Why selling a home in the spring is your best bet

The climate for selling homes can heat up or cool down, just like the seasons of the year. When putting a house on the market, timing is everything. Here are four reasons why selling a home in the spr...

Why selling a home in the spring is your best bet

What does a title company do?

A title is the legal way of saying you own a right to something. For real estate purposes, title refers to ownership of the property, meaning that you have the rights to use that property. The presenc...

What does a title company do?

What you need to know to prepare for your closing day

Closing day is exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. Knowing what to expect will help make sure that everything does go smoothly.

What you need to know to prepare for your closing day

How to prepare for a move

Congratulations, you bought a new house! Whether you’re moving from an apartment, a large home to a smaller one, or vice versa, the process of taking inventory of all your belongings, packing th...

How to prepare for a move

Secured Title KC’s Community Giving

Giving back to our communities is part of who we are at Secured Title Kansas City — we take this part (and every part) of our Culture Statement seriously. It’s more than simply words. And ...

Secured Title KC’s Community Giving

Estimate closing costs on-the-go with Secured Title’s mobile app

When the first mobile phones — mobile as in they weren’t attached to your wall and offered 30 minutes of talk time for the small price of $3995 — came out in the 1970’s, likely...

Estimate closing costs on-the-go with Secured Title’s mobile app

History of Secured Title of Kansas City

Secured Title of Kansas City has had a long standing history in the state of Kansas and Missouri. We have over 12 offices conveniently located throughout the metroplex and aim at always abiding by our...

History of Secured Title of Kansas City

Five Important Tips for Listing a Home

There aren’t many things more stressful than selling your home. Here are some easy DIY hacks to do before you list your home to ensure it sells as quickly as possible.

Five Important Tips for Listing a Home

How to prepare for a move

How to prepare for a move

Congratulations, you bought a new house! Whether you’re moving from an apartment, a large home to a smaller one, or vice versa, the process of taking inventory of all your belongings, packing them up, and moving can feel overwhelming. But with a little careful planning and organization, you can instead feel prepared for your big move.

 

Take it room by room

It may be tempting to work a little at a time throughout the house, but this can prolong the process and take away that all important feeling of finishing a task at a time. Instead, break down the work by room — go through each to sort, purge, and pack every belonging.

 

One idea we love? Set a daily box quota, so you won’t get overwhelmed by endless packing.

 

Do your research

Start requesting estimates from moving companies, particularly if you’re moving to a new state. Read reviews carefully and poll your network for referrals.

Create a timeline

Remember, it’s not simply your possessions you’re moving — it’s your entire life, from school districts to electricity supply. Create a checklist and timeline of when everything needs to get done in the weeks leading up to and following your move. Consider things like when to schedule cable and internet installation, when to transfer utility services and school records, when to submit a change of address, and other necessities that keep life rolling as normal.

Visualize your new life

It’s normal to get sentimental about a home before you move, no matter how much the small kitchen drives you crazy. To help yourself let go, do things like create a Pinterest board for decorating, organizing, or even restaurants in your new neighborhood. Do some online browsing, and even purchase a few new items for your new home. Finally, preserve some memories too — whether that means taking a small piece of the home with you or taking one last family photo before you leave.

 

Don’t leave cleaning until the last minute

Anyone who’s ever had to return to an apartment to avoid a cleaning fee knows the pain of leaving all the cleaning for the last minute. Of course, there are some unavoidable cleaning tasks you’ll want to take care of once your old home is cleared out, but there are plenty of items that can be taken care of ahead of time too. Add items like cleaning the oven, the bathtub, the baseboards, and the windows to your timeline so all that’s necessary on the last day is a quick wipe-down.

 

Separate valuables and immediate need items

Important items like passports, medications, and financial information should be set aside with valuables like jewelry and art to go with you and not the moving truck. Also important? Have each member of your household pack a box to take with them and unpack first, filled with clothes and pajamas, toiletries, and items like school backpacks, work laptops, and other daily needed items. It’ll help make the first night go much easier and avoid the search across boxes for the things you need at the end of what is sure to be a long day.

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