Helping the Future Owners of Your Home
MILWAUKEE–Moving can be an overwhelming experience, but it is no excuse to leave your home a messy state of affairs. One key to a seamless transition is “paying it forward” to the new homeowners by leaving your old home in clean, move-in condition.
“Good homeowner etiquette calls for doing a final sweep of the house before you depart,” said Judy Hearst, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “You want to leave your old residence in the same state you expect your new home to be in when you arrive.”
Consider this checklist before you lock the door behind you:
• Is there something growing in your kitchen? Make sure you aren’t leaving a left over mess in the kitchen by emptying and cleaning the refrigerator, microwave and oven. Don’t forget to check that all pantries, cabinets and shelves are cleared and cleaned.
• You’ve got someone else’s mail. Make a list of all the bills and subscriptions you receive well before the move so you can notify the sender of your new address. Mail or email a personal announcement to family and friends with your new location (so they can send all of those nice housewarming gifts).
• Haste makes waste. The basement closet, the top shelf in the garage, the kid’s bedrooms – are all places where items tend to hide. Take a peek in every nook and cranny to ensure you aren’t leaving anything behind. Complete this thorough walk through as you do your final sweep and dusting of the house.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company serving Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan, operates 53 offices with more than 3,300 sales associates. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visit www.coldwellbankeronline.com.