For every move, I always tell my clients that "backward planning" is a must. "Backward planning," you ask? Yes, it is something I learning the military.
Backward planning is starting from your end-state (final goal) and working backward from there. Which means, in this situation, we start with our October move-in and subtract 30-days for closing (which is a typical closing period). We the must add time for house-hunting, which varies by buyer. For instance, some buyers may be only able to look at homes one day a week; some may be able to look at homes three-five days a week. I recommend a minimum of two weeks for house-hunting.
One must also consider the time it takes to negotiate an offer and turn it into a contract, which can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, but I always recommend at least three days.
Additionally, if someone has to be out of a lease by a certain date, that time must be considered as well. There are other factors that may come into play, but these are the biggest steps that one must take into account.
Generally speaking, if one wants to move into a home in early October, it is best they start looking for a home in the middle of August and be under contract in early September.
I have experience in guiding clients through these situations and would be more than happy to help others navigate this often stressful situation.
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Michael L. Brownstead, GRI, ABR
Keller Williams Realty
1002 Raintree Cir., Ste. 100
Allen, TX 75013