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Sold your home? Don’t forget these 5 important steps before you leave

Updated: Oct 4, 2023


After staging your property, hosting showings, and entertaining offers, selling your home feels like a huge accomplishment. But you are not quite done yet! For sure, take that well-deserved break to decompress and absorb the whirlwind that you just went through, but then it is time to focus on the things that need to get done for both you and the Buyer of your home.


While your focus will likely be on packing and making arrangements for your move, there are some simple but important tasks that should not go overlooked. Before you officially hand over the keys and say goodbye to your former abode, consider completing these four important tasks.


1. Update your utilities, accounts, and subscriptions Don’t forget to disconnect before you leave! Call your cable, internet, and phone providers to notify them of your move and disable service when you depart. On closing day, have your hydro and gas meters read to ensure that you will pay for your share of the utilities before the new occupants take possession.

If you have any newspaper deliveries or maintenance services for your yard or pool, be sure to give them a heads up too. Talk to your local post office to have your mail forwarded to your new address so you don’t miss any important packages, bills or letters.

When it comes to insurance, don’t cancel your policy until the sale has closed. If you are leaving your home vacant for a period of time before the new owners move in, let your insurer know and maintain your policy to ensure you are covered in the event anything happens while the property is empty.


2. Leave behind important items for the new owners

Figuring out how to work a new appliance can be a hassle, so make life a little easier for the new homebuyers by leaving instruction manuals out in plain sight for them to find. This should include any pamphlets for heating and cooling systems, the fridge, stove, washing machine, and dryer, plus any warranties.

Gather all keys to sheds, gates, storage cabinets, and mailboxes, and leave them in a spot that is easy to find, such as the kitchen counter. Along with the keys, leave behind the garage door opener and any fobs.

Be mindful of items you are obligated to leave behind for the new owners that may not seem obvious. If you’re removing light fixtures, curtain rods, or other items attached to the wall, consult your purchase agreement to confirm what has been included as part of the sale.


3. Make sure you have met all of your obligations in your Agreement of Purchase and Sale. Were you supposed to remove that large mirror from the wall in your basement? Were you to fix the chip on your countertop? How about the holes you left when you removed your artwork, do these need patching? In the weeks prior to closing, ask your agent to provide you with a list of everything that needs to be done that may have been part of your schedule A or a part of your agreement. You don’t want to cause any delays on closing day.


4. Give the home a wipe-down

After a long moving day, your buyers will appreciate coming into a home that has been prepared for their arrival.

Most purchase agreements require that the home be left in a ‘broom-swept condition,’ at the very least, which loosely translates to a surface-level clean. This would include removing all personal possessions, vacuuming the floors, and disposing of all garbage. Unless your purchase contract states that professional cleaning is required, it is generally not expected of the seller. While cleaning out your home, don’t forget about your attic, crawlspace, closets, outdoor shed, garden beds, fridge, freezer, and other easily overlooked areas.


5. Do a final walk-through

We’ve all had that moment of leaving home and feeling like we’ve forgotten something important. On moving day, erase any possible doubts by doing one last walk around the inside and outside of the property to ensure that you haven’t missed anything important.

Before you lock up, ensure that the temperature of the property is set appropriately for the time of year, and shut off the main water valve if the home is going to be empty for a prolonged period of time. While doing your final tour, ensure that the home is fully secure. Check that all windows and doors are closed and locked, including garden sheds, garages, and patio doors.


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