What to Leave Behind When You Sell Hour Home
You sold your home, congratulations! Now comes the ‘fun’ part of packing up your belongings and moving! This is also a time for shorting out what to take with you and what to leave behind when you sell your home.
There are some things you should leave behind for the new owners and here are a few of those things:
Appliances – Generally speaking, those appliances that are built into the wall stay behind – that is your dishwasher, oven, and microwave. Depending upon your sales contract, you may have also agreed to leave behind the refrigerator, washer, and dryer.
Manuals - Although not legally required, it is considered a courtesy of leave behind any manuals regarding things in your home. These can be for anything that is being left behind, whether it is an appliance, window or window covering, heating or air conditioning unit, fireplace, or anything else installed in the home.
Warranty Information – In addition to manuals, you will want to leave warranty information about any appliance or feature to the home, including the invoices for work recently done. For instance, if you put a new roof on the home in the past few years, leave that invoice so that the new home owner has recourse with the vendor.
Local Service Vendors – If you have had a particular gardener, handyman, pool guy, or the like, it is a kindness to leave the contact information for the new buyers. It helps to assure that the home will be maintained by the new owners.
Keys – Believe it or not, these are items often forgotten in the purchase contract. You should leave every key to the house, to the mailbox, to the recreation area (if there is one), & any home safes that are installed. More than once, I’ve had to go to a home owner association to obtain a pool key for my clients because the seller forgot to leave it for the new buyer.
Codes – So much of our lives are dominated by pass codes these days. If you have a garage door or security system that requires passwords, please pass these along to the new owners.
Lastly, as with all the above items, there is no law stipulating this, but it’s considered courteous to clear out all your junk, and leave the place relatively clean for the new home owners. Unlike a rental lease, no one is going to charge you if you leave the place dirty, it falls more into the ‘golden rule’ category of treating others the way you would like to be treated.
Bon voyage to your new home!!