How to prepare your home for moving day
by Agent Ally VanderHarst – Real Estate Sales Representative
So you’ve sold your home, you’ve packed up your belongings and closing day is quickly approaching – what is there left to do? Here’s a quick checklist of some considerate things you can do for the new owners of your home!
Fill in nail holes. That gallery wall was a beautiful focal point while you were living in the home, but now it’s 10 nail holes within a small space that the new homeowners may have issues covering up with their own artwork. While filling holes is not always a written requirement in an offer, it is generally common courtesy to fix up any larger holes from drywall plugs or areas where there are a lot of marks. If it’s something you wouldn’t like to see in YOUR new home, give it a quick patch up and a once-over with matching paint.
Take out the garbage. Nothing is worse than pulling up to your new home on moving day to find that the previous owners have left all their unwanted items & garbage stacked up in the garage or next to the house! If you aren’t positive that the next owners want your old couch or futon, it’s best to take it with you or to the dump. When in doubt, throw it out!
Leave extra keys & manuals. The lucky new owners of your home can benefit from any manuals, instructions, warranties, etc. that have come along with the various appliances. Extra keys for the doors as well as the mailbox are always appreciated. For those with community mailboxes – don’t forget to leave a note with your mailbox number and location!
Leave any paint or matching building materials. If you’ve got extra cans of paint that match the walls in the home, the new owners would certainly appreciate having the colours on hand if they ding the walls while moving in. And if you’ve got leftover tiles, trim, or replacement parts that are useful to the items in your home, leave those behind too! Remember, don’t leave junk – leave only items that the new owners may require.
Vacuum/Mop the floors. Holy moly! Who knew so much dust was behind that entertainment unit?! After all your furniture’s been loaded up onto the moving truck, a quick once-over with a broom & mop can go a long way in making your former home shine!
A little courtesy to your buyers can go a long way and finishes this large transaction on a positive note. And you’ll sleep better at night knowing you passed on your home in a good condition for the next family to make memories in. Happy moving!