Your 10 Last Minute “To Do’s” When Selling
When it comes time to move most sellers are thinking about all of the big picture things like packing up your belongings in time, scheduling a moving truck and forwarding their address. However, there are a lot of little things to do and with some helpful tips they can help make your move more smooth. Here is a list of 10 things to check off when you prepare your move.
Lock all windows
This can very easily be overlooked. Most people focus on making sure all doors are shut and locked, but don’t forget about the windows! There could be a gap of time that the home is left vacant and you don’t want any uninvited visitors.
Check secondary areas
Do one final sweep of all closets and even your attic space. You may have left some holiday decorations or the like hidden away that were “out of sight, out of mind.” One final look in all cabinets and drawers is a good idea too.
Keys and codes
A nice thing to do is to gather all keys, garage remotes, mailbox keys and have them all together for the buyer. Also, record any pass codes for alarms or gates so that the buyer has all they need when they move in.
If you represented your home with these items, then you will need to leave them if you didn’t explicitly exclude them. For any that remain in the home, clear them and untether them from your control so that things are reset for the new owners.
Purchase home protection items
Even if you are hiring professional movers, chances are you will be doing some preparation yourself. Make sure you have some essential things like padding or blankets so that when you move things around you aren’t damaging floors or walls. Any significant damage that occurs will be seen by buyers in the final walk through.
Don’t pay for what you don’t have to or be left without service at your new home. Make sure you communicate to utility companies what your closing dates are for both the home you are selling and the one you are buying so that things go smoothly for you.
It is a wise idea to take photos of the home when you are leaving it. After all items are moved and it has been cleaned it is smart to document how you left it. You never know what can transpire after with the buyers movers, etc. and this can help cover you.
Set aside closing paperwork/docs
Most of your things will be packed away for your closing day, but keep some of the essentials handy in a folder or binder. Things including closing paperwork, your driver’s license, all remotes, keys and pass codes, information on any home devices or warranties, as well as your checkbook in case any last minute costs arise.
Basic cleaning supplies
Keep just some cleaning essentials handy until the last minute. Things like rags, sponges, a bucket, the vacuum, all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, mop and trash bags should cover the basics.
Move date coordination
Keep your agent and the buyer in the know about your moving plans. You should be out by the time of closing, but keeping everyone on the same page will help avoid any potential snags.