What do you do with your house when you have to live overseas for a few months?
If you have a family living with you, and if your family has no plans of moving with you for those few months; then you can take a breath of relief–you just got away from a lot of organizing. But if you don’t, then you have three options. To sell the house, to shut it down completely, or to find yourself a house sitter.
The length of your stay overseas and your attachment to the house and the neighborhood will probably be your deciding factors.
If you are to stay overseas, and if you’re still to make a decision about what to do with your house, then let us help you with making that decision.
Selling your house
Selling your house will never be an option for you if your overseas stay is only supposed to be for a couple of months. But if you feel that the stay might extend a little, maybe even drag for a few years, and if you have no attachment to the house in a personal level, then opting to sell the house would work best. Get the help of professional real estate agents or companies to make sure that you don’t sell the house below its true value. Though it may be hard to sell the house at the moment, remember that time is not going to be kind to your house during your absence; so it’s best to sell it than to come back home to a house that isn’t fit for living.
Shutting the house down completely
This is definitely less confusing than trying to sell your louse. Besides, having a house back in your home country would feel like having a safety net—in case things don’t go according to plan. You can make use of professionals here as well. Most removalists Sydney extend their services for packing as well as removing. This means you can get their help to pack all your possessions away so that it may stay safe during your stay away from home. Make sure to pay special attention to those things that are more delicate in nature. Give a trusted friend a spare key and ask them to check on the house every few weeks. Show them where your delicate things are, and ask them to pay special attention to them when they come to check the house. It’s an additional benefit that the house will be aired out whenever they come in.
Getting a house sitter
This can work in two ways. It’s either that they do you a favor, by living in your house while you’re away (or you pay them), or it’s that you let someone “rent” your fully furnished house, only until you come back. Either way, your house is protected, and the things don’t get wasted away, simply gathering dust. If you don’t want your sitter using some of your possessions, put those items away into one room, and keep that door locked. Again, you could use the services of trustworthy moving company in packing these things.
Regardless to which method you decide on, remember that your house could use a little help before you leave it for a few months. Clean it out well, seal it down properly, and your house should be the same when you return.