There’s a lot going on as you prepare to move from your home. This list can help to make it a little easier.
5 Things to Do Before You Move
Getting everything out of your home can be a big job, so it’s easy to let things slide on the clean up. Don’t do it! You expect your new home to be clean so do the same for the buyer of your home. The sales contract says “broom swept and free of debris”. So, technically, you may not have to scrub the toilets or wipe the cabinets out… but, it’s certainly noticed and appreciated. At a minimum, all debris needs to be removed, unless previously agreed between you and the buyer. This includes old paint cans, cleaning supplies, lawn chemicals and fertilizer, old wallpaper, AND be sure to check the attic.
Before closing make sure utilities are scheduled to be transferred out of your name on the day of closing. The buyer will be instructed to activate utilities so the utilities won’t be turned off. It’s better to call utility companies early than to get an unexpected bill after closing. I recently had a call from a builder who had left utilities on for 3 months after closing. They were upset but realistically, the only option was to turn off the utilities. I had represented the buyer in this case and called them right away. The reason was that it had not been convenient since the electric company office hours were the same as their work hours
It’s common for some mail to go to the old address but sending in notice to the post office ahead of time usually eliminates most of the delivery issues.
Cancel homeowners insurance
This call should be made immediately after closing. Most insurance companies require written notice but they will cancel as of the day of closing. You don’t want to call before closing since it’s possible that the closing will be delayed.
Make sure the trash provider will take all items you leave for them. So many times, things are left that the trash provider won’t pick up, or they are not properly bagged as required by the service. Sometimes furniture or appliances are left on the street for anyone to take. If you do this, make sure you’re around to make arrangements if the items are not removed.