Ok, so you decided to sell the house. It doesn’t matter much why you’ve decided to take this step, but without a clear plan, this could become burdensome. Usually, as a seller, you are confronted with a constant series of issues and problems. It will not be long before everything can get out of hand. What can you do to prevent this? Compile a comprehensive list, which later may help you ease up the overall selling process and provide a much-needed wrap-up.
Legal and papers
First, try to find out if you, as a seller, have any legal obligations when moving out. After ticking those things, the following tips and tricks may save you time. Usually, documents are scattered around the house. Gather everything in a single file. Search for the purchase contract, house tax receipts, suppliers’ contracts, bills, and home appliances warranty cards. Having these in one place will make your potential buyer feel more comfortable.
Clean up the house
A clean, tidy house equals respect and creates an excellent impression for your potential buyer. You don’t have to go and get a 360-degree, fully-fledged cleanup but try to touch the critical areas of the house.
A last inspection
It is useful to inspect everything one last time: heating pipes, drain pipes, plumbing, HVAC. If there are specific potential issues, it is a good idea to inform the new owner. This final 5-minutes check could save you many headaches. Do not forget to shut everything off: water, gas, electricity but leave o note for your buyer, so he or she doesn’t call any servicemen if the gas is not running.
Persuade your buyer to change the contract ownership for each supplier contract. This is useful for you if problems come up in the future, usually from somebody who is not paying the bills on time. If you do not trust your buyer, then cancel all utility contracts. However, save a list of useful phone numbers. This could come in handy at some point.
Talk with your neighbors
Let everyone know that you are moving out. Again, this is in your benefit as you need to let them know you are no longer in charge. Furthermore, talking with the neighbors is useful if the house stays empty until somebody moves in.
Last but not least
Remember to close and lock the door on your way out. Also, a good tip here: do not let everything on the very last moment. Try to make a constant and steady move out over a couple of days. This will make the transition much easier, will help you adapt more quickly and ease up the stress of leaving the house in one piece.
One more thing
Moving out is not always as easy as it seems. Always remember one word: closure. Fix all potential house issues, wrap everything up as well as you can and do all the needed paperwork. Moreover, remember to smile: a new house always is a new beginning and infinite possibilities.