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Stay Organized While Buying or Selling Your Home

An organized Chicago home

An organized Chicago home

If you’re buying or selling a house, it means you’re making an exciting, life-changing decision. But it also comes with a not-so-fun requirement: loads of paperwork. If embarking on a real estate transaction seems intimidating, don’t worry. We have a few tips on how to stay organized while buying or selling your home:

Start a Checklist

Never underestimate the power of a good checklist. Most likely, your realtor will provide you with a detailed list of the process and will guide you through everything. Professional help is key whether you’re buying or selling, but it still helps to keep track of things yourself and the tasks you need to accomplish.

Upload Everything to the Cloud

It’s 2021, so most of the paperwork you’ll see and sign will come with a digital copy. From home inspections to closing documents, you can and should save everything to a Dropbox or Google Drive. With cloud-based tools, you can access everything easily on your phone or laptop, regardless of location. Even after you close, you still may need to reference documents in the future. 

It’s also worth noting: you should still prioritize a designated binder or folder for any printed documents. 

Save Your Contacts

Between realtors, loan officers, inspectors, appraisers and more, there are a lot of people involved in the buying and selling process. Create a spreadsheet or list of contracts with their information to easily keep track of and reference when you need to. You’ll be glad you did when your inbox starts to fill up with messages!

Staying organized while buying or selling your home is a small choice, but one that makes a big difference in the long run. And as always, choosing an experienced, knowledgeable REALTOR® who will keep you on track is invaluable in keeping things moving efficiently. Our team is here if you need us.

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