Moving house can be just
as exciting as it is arduous and leaving a place clean and tidy
with information about the services/area will help your buyers settle
in a little easier. Below are some tips on how you can make their
lives a little easier.
• Leave your house as you would hope to find it. We're not
talking a full spring clean here but wiping ring marks from work
surfaces, vacuuming up the dust from behind long-standing items
after you've move them and giving the toilet a once-over goes such
a long way to making people feel more comfortable with their new
environment (remember they will have had a tough day of packing,
lifting and traveling behind them already)
• Remember to empty your bins and write down the times and
days of refuse recycling collections so that your buyers know when
to leave theirs out.
• Leave out all the keys that relate to your property. The
front door key goes without saying (as the agent will probably hold
these) but keys for things such as sheds, greenhouses, outbuildings
and more importantly, windows will need to be tagged so that your
buyer knows which is which.
• Make sure that all of your utilities - Gas, Water, Electricity,
are switched off (not cut off) and leave operating instructions
for things such as the central heating, gas fires and boilers and
locations for things such as Stop Cocks for Gas and Water and Mains
Switches for Electricity.
• Also point out locations of utility meters and take meter
readings, leaving copies for your new buyers so that there can be
no dispute for any utility settlement.
• Do a quick check against your fixtures and fittings list
(which your solicitor will have forwarded to you) to make sure you
have left all that you said you would leave.
• You may wish to leave a forwarding address if you have chosen
not to have your mail forwarded directly by the Post Office.