So you want to sell your home! You have already got your house for the market, found a realtor, and came up with the right listing price, fixed up the problem areas, marketed your home, made the right deal, prepared for your closing, closed on your home, and now it’s time to move out. This “Selling a House Series” is made with years of experience on the best way to get your ducks in a row so you can sell your home at the price you want. Here are some things to remember to finally close the deal!…
It’s Not Your Home Anymore
Once you have signed all of the closing paperwork, the house is officially the new homeowners. They have the right to evict you if you are still there. Make sure you have an agreement prior to signing all the closing paperwork, when you will be completely moved out.
What Is to Be Left Behind?
Look over the contract for the itemized list of what was agreed to be left behind. Be sure you leave everything that was agreed upon or the new homeowners will most likely ask for it or can sue you for the cost or a replacement. What else to leave? General rule, is if it is bolted to a wall, floor, or ceiling, it stays.
Don’t Leave Behind Things Not In the Contract
Don’t assume the new homeowners will want any other items of yours such as household items or furniture unless it is part of the contract. Basically, don’t leave any of your things you just don’t feel like moving or packing. This is not polite to your buyers. Make this transition as pleasant as possible.
Look Everywhere Before Leaving
It is also important to check some of the most forgotten spots for any of your possessions: attics, basement storage, garage, shed, and drawers. If you forget something, the buyers have the right to keep it, so make sure you do a walk through and look in every space.
Leave Your Old Home as Clean as Possible
You don’t need to hire a professional or anything but make sure you have wiped down counter tops and appliances. Also, the floors should be swept of clear of any dirt.
Last, but not least, get yourself a bottle of the finest champagne and celebrate, you deserve it! If you are feeling extremely friendly, it is a nice suggestion to leave the new homeowners a bottle as well.
That’s it! Moving out is the last step in this Selling A House Guide
Selling a House Series Posts
- Selling a House Series #1 - Getting Your House Ready for Market
- Selling a House Series #9 - What You Should and Shouldn't Do As You Move Out
- Selling a House Series #8 - What to Expect At Your Home Closing
- Selling a House Series #7 - What a Seller Should Do To Prepare For The Closing
- Selling a House Series #6 - Making the Right Deal
- Selling a House Series #5 - Creating an Ad and Marketing Your House
- Selling a House Series #4 - Fixing Up The Inside and Outside of Your Home
- Selling a House Series #3 - How to List Your Home For the Right Price
- Selling a House Series #2 - How To Find the Right Realtor To Sell Your Home
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