Vacating your home for sale: A TO-DO LIST
November 6, 2017

Vacating your home while it is for sale: A TO DO LIST

STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE LEAVING YOUR OLD HOME BEHIND.

If you need to leave your home behind and move out while it is on market for sale, there are several things you will want to do to make sure the property is preserved in its current condition:

VACATING YOUR HOME WHILE IT IS FOR SALE: A TO DO LIST

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  1. Leave the heat and power on. Not only does heat and light make homes more comfortable for prospect buyers, but leaving the house in a running state ensures all the mechanicals continue to work as intended so you can get through showings, inspections and appraisals seamlessly. If for any reason the heat and power cannot be left on, the home needs to be winterized. Cold weather will freeze and crack copper pipes, cause damage to the homes mechanicals, or worse, allow water to freely flow through the home leading to water damage.
  2. If you don’t plan to return, empty the home of all personal belongings. At closing a buyer will expect a broom clean home free of personal property and this is much easier to address before you move away.
  3. Thoroughly secure the property, making sure there are no easy points of entry. 
  4. Arrange for lawn and snow service. Maintained homes are easier to sell, and tall grass won’t just upset your neighbors, but the town can fine you for not keeping up with your lawn.
  5. Have a trusted neighbor or friend check on the property periodically, or hire a property manager.

Vacant homes (especially in the CT winter season) are an invitation for natural disaster, vandals and bored neighborhood kids. If you must move away, make sure to take the proper steps to protect your property!

Vacant homes (especially in the CT winter season) are an invitation for natural disaster, vandals and bored neighborhood kids. If you must move away, make sure to take the proper steps to protect your property!

1.       Leave the heat and power on. Not only does heat and light make homes more comfortable for prospect buyers, but leaving the house in a running state ensures all the mechanicals continue to work as intended so you can get through showings, inspections and appraisals seamlessly. If for any reason the heat and power cannot be left on,  THE HOME NEEDS TO BE WINTERIZED. Cold weather will freeze and crack copper pipes, cause damage to the homes mechanicals, or worse, allow water to freely flow through the home leading to water damage.

2.       If you don’t plan to return, empty the home of all personal belongings. At closing a buyer will expect a broom clean home free of personal property and this is much easier to address before you move away.

3.       Thoroughly secure the property, making sure there are no easy points of entry.

4.       Arrange for lawn and snow service. Maintained homes are easier to sell, and tall grass won’t just upset your neighbors, but the town can fine you for not keeping up with your lawn.

5.       Have a trusted neighbor or friend check on the property periodically, or hire a property manager.

Last Updated on November 6, 2017 by Minna Reid

Minna Reid

Minna Reid is The Broker - Owner of Reid Real Estate Group. Reid Real Estate Group is a full-service Connecticut residential real estate brokerage, specializing in helping homeowners with legal and financial challenges including short sales, probate sales and tax lien complications.

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