Seller's Move Out Checklist
___ “Unattached goods” : Your purchase contract may specify some of the things that you are leaving behind such as kitchen and laundry appliances, window coverings and such. At a bare minimum, make sure that these items are in place, clean, and in good working order.
___ Cleaning: Your home should look the same as it did during showings, minus your personal items. You are under no legal obligation to leave your home spotless, however, it’s just a nice thing to do if you can. A good rule of thumb is to leave your home as clean as you’d like to find it! At the very least, do the following:
- Thoroughly clean kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room (all fixtures, appliances, etc.)
- Vacuum all carpets
- Wash bare floors
- Wipe out all cupboards
- Tidy the yard, garage and shed
- Get rid of all garbage
___ Keys: Collect and label all of the property keys – extra house keys, garage, shed, mailbox (leave information about mailbox number), etc. Keys should be left in conspicuous location but not one that is visible by someone looking through a window from the outside. You may also ask your Realtor to tell the buyer where to locate the keys.
___ Garage door openers + codes
___ Security system info + codes
___ Instruction books, Leave all warranties, repair records for appliances, furnace, water heater, etc. in a drawer in the kitchen where they can be easily found.
___ Information about upgrades: For example, if you installed a new roof, leave a note about when, what materials were used, who installed it, the cost, etc.
___ Paint: If any recent painting was done, leave leftover paint with info about brand, color name, etc.
___ Utility information: Leave information about your providers (water, power, gas, internet, etc. with contact info), garbage and recycling pickup (what days, any special instructions, etc.)
___ Utilities disconnect or transfer: Have meters read. Depending on the arrangement with the new owners, water and power may be turned off, furnace and hot water heater turned down, etc. Your REALTOR® can help!
___ “Welcome to your new home”: It’s a nice touch, if you are so inclined, to leave a card or personal note for the new owners. A recent copy of the local newspaper or community newsletter, etc…might also be appreciated.
___ Acreage owners: Leave behind results of latest well water tests, well drillers’ report, upgrades to well and septic pump/system and the like. If you have ever had a survey done, leave a copy!
___ Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave.