Sellers- 10 Things To Do Before You Move!


This is a great list of things to do before you move.  As stated, the hard part is over.  The house will have a new owner.  Now the homeowner needs to buckle down and get the list done.

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The hard part is over. You’ve sold your home.  Now all you have to do is pack up and begin your new adventure in your new home.

But what are some things you can do to help the new residents of the home?  Nothing?  In some states you may have a legal responsibility to leave your home in a certain condition.  Usually that means leaving it in the condition it was in when the contract was executed.  In any event it is best to read your contract as well as ask your Realtor.

However, whether you’ve met your buyer or not, it’s always a good idea to try to maintain a good relationship with them even after the closing.  Keep in mind that after you move you may still receive mail or packages at your old address.  A nice relationship could help insure that you get them. 

10 Things You Can Do Before You Move!

1. Gather any directions or instructions you may have for appliances such as the oven, air conditioning unit, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc.  And, if you have service records that may be handy it’s nice to leave them in a file. 

2. Leave extras of paint, tile or flooring in the corner of the garage.  paint

3. Garage door openers- many of us have cars with a remote built into the car.  If you’re one of them and have thrown the original door opener out or if you just can’t find it you can go to the local hardware store and purchase a universal remote for your garage door. 

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4. You’ll be packing your lamps so the only light will be from any in the bathrooms or ceiling fixtures.  Do a good turn and make sure the bulbs that are left are working.  After all it may be the only light the buyer has until they get everything unpacked. 

5. If you have the time, it’s a nice touch to patch any holes in the walls left by your pictures.  Not everyone does this and in many cases they don’t have the time.  

6. Provide a list of the phone numbers and if possible addresses of recommendations for local services such as the hospital, dry cleaners, drugstore, house cleaners, yard service, etc.                              roledex      

7. Leave a file of take-out menus. 


8. Clean the house as best you can.  Some States will refer to this as “broom clean”.  It’s always a courtesy to make sure the floors are vacuumed or swept, bathrooms clean, the refrigerator clean and wiped down, etc. If you are leaving with the movers then make arrangements to have a service come after you leave.                                                                                                            

9. Remove any trash and items you are not taking with you.  Set aside trash bags for this purpose.  As you walk through the house before you leave pick up packing tape, trash and any other odd items left behind.  

10 Leave a note along with some self addressed stamped large brown envelopes for your mail that they may receive. 

Nothing is etched in stone, but it’s a nice thing to do. 


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After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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