When you prepare to sell it is easy to think about all of the big picture tasks like packing up your belongings in time, scheduling a moving truck and forwarding their address. However, there are lots of little things to get done and a checklist can help make your move more smooth. Here are some tips to follow for when you are going through your final move steps.
Reset smart devices
If you represented your home as having these items and did not explicitly exclude them, then you will need to leave them behind. For any that stay with the home, clear and disconnect them from your control so that things are reset and ready for the new owners.
Lock the windows
This can often be forgotten as most people focus on making sure that all doors are shut and locked. There could be a stretch of time when the home is left vacant and you don’t want any uninvited visitors coming in.
Check storage areas
Do one last inspection of all closets, basement and even your attic space. You may have left some holiday decorations or small items that were “out of sight, out of mind.” One final sweep of all cabinets and drawers is a good too.
Keys and codes
Put all keys, garage remotes and mailbox keys together for the buyer. Also, list out any passcodes for alarms or gates so that the buyer has all they need when they move in.
Purchase protection items
Chances are you will be doing some preparation beforehand on your end even if you have hired movers. Make sure you buy some essential things like padding or blankets so that when you move things yourself you don’t damage the floors or walls. Any damage that may happen will be seen by buyers during the final walk through just before closing.
Basic cleaning supplies
Have some of the cleaning basics handy until the last minute. Items like rags, sponges, a bucket, the vacuum, all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, mop and trash bags should cover the bases.
Don’t pay for more than you need to or go without service at your next house. Be sure you alert utility companies when your closing dates are for both the home you are selling and the one you are buying so that things work well for you.
It is a good idea to take photos of the property when you are leaving it for documentation once everything is out and it has been cleaned. You never know what can happen after with the buyer’s movers, etc. and this can help cover you.
Most of your belongings will be packed away for your closing day, but retain some of the essentials handy in a folder that you keep with you. These things include your closing paperwork, your driver’s license, all remotes, keys and passcodes, information on any home devices or warranties and your checkbook in case any last minute issues come about.
Move date coordination
Keep both your agent and the buyer updated with your moving plans. You should be out by the time of closing, but keeping everyone current on your plans will help avoid any potential mishaps.