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Things to Remember to Do When Moving Out

Moving Out Tasks You Might Forget to Do

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On moving day there are so many things you need to remember. Often, it's difficult to remember everything, so use this little list of things you might just forget to do.

Moving Out Tasks

  • Make sure you've cut off all utilities in your old home.
  • Check through all rooms and in closets and storage spaces of your old home to ensure that nothing has been left behind.
  • Make sure you lock all doors and windows.
  • Check the yard for hoses or toys that shouldn't be left behind.
  • Remove the garage remote control from your car and leave it on the kitchen counter for the new owners.
  • Leave all keys, including to the mailbox (if applicable), garage and all entry doors. Make sure you also leave behind any spare copies. Often these keys will be left with your real estate broker. Ask to make sure.
  • Don't forget to remove any hidden keys from outside areas.
  • Ensure that you have all keys for your new home or that arrangements have been made with the real estate broker or former home owner. You don't want to be stuck at your new home unable to get in.
  • Have driving directions with you, along with your new address in case you need to ask for directions.
  • Make sure your essential box is packed in the car and that every family member has their box as well.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and that you have the charger with you.
  • Double check that the movers have your new address, your cell phone number and any other pertinent information before they leave your old home.
  • If you have time, leave a welcome note for the new owners. They'll appreciate your thoughtfulness.
  • Finally, make sure you have all members of your family strapped into the car, moving truck or taxi. And don't forget pets and plants, too.
  • Wave goodbye; think of all the wonderful memories you've had, then think forward to your new space and the great things that lie ahead.
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