The day has arrived. Congratulations – you have officially sold your home.
Now that you have overcome all the challenges in your way over the past few months, the new question is: what do you do next?
The day after you have sold your home can be incredibly emotional. There has been so much build-up, anticipation and stress to get to this point, you may be surprised at how upset you feel – even if you didn’t like your property very much.
But the job isn’t done just yet. There are still a few more things you need to do before officially leaving the property.
Here is the ultimate list of things to do after you sell your home.
Prepare your loved ones for the move
It is important that you make all significant people in your life aware of the move before leaving day arrives. Some of your friends and family may want to update your contact details in their phone; others may want to visit the house for a final ‘farewell’.
Whatever the reason, your loved ones may have formed sentimental attachments to your property. Let them know what’s happening, in advance.
You should also be sensitive to the feelings of children (if you have any) who have never lived in another house before. For them, the change may be extra significant – and giving them the time and space to adjust to this change is important.
Book time off work
Moving house is a major life event – and you need to dedicate enough time to make sure you do it properly. There are several things to take care of – listed further below in this blog – and therefore it will make your life much easier if you book time off work to get things in order.
For example, you want to be off work on moving day. You also need to dedicate a few days off work prior to moving, to take care of the practicalities and tidy up the house.
Take care of the practicalities
There are several practicalities that you need to take care of after selling your house. This is not the most enjoyable part of moving out – but it is necessary, and only needs to be done once. You should:
- Take all your meter readings to avoid being overcharged by your supplier
- Redirect your post using the Royal Mail website
- Inform your workplace that you have changed address
- Alert your bank, credit card provider & council that you have changed address
- Contact your key service providers – gas, water, electricity etc.
You should also double-check what is included in the sale of your property. For example, a condition of the sale may be that curtains are included – in which case, make sure you do not remove them.
It is strongly recommended that you keep copies of all paperwork relating to the sale of your home. You can store these in physical boxes, or in digital form. These documents will be extremely useful for managing your mortgage in future years.
Arrange for a removal company
It is preferable if you arrange for a removal company 4 – 6 weeks before your moving date. This will give the removal business sufficient time to prepare for the job, such as clarifying how far they need to travel with your belongings, as well as making sure they are properly staffed on the day.
Keep in mind that Fridays and the last days of the month are typically the most popular dates to move out – so, if your preferred day fits under that category, you may need to book a bit further in advance.
Once you have arranged for a removal company, you should provide them with a house contents list that includes:
- Large, difficult-to-move objects
- Fragile objects – such as porcelain plates
- Items that you are moving yourself
- A floorplan of your new property
Giving the removal company a floorplan of your new property makes sure that they put all boxes in the right rooms, when they arrive at your new house.
Welcome in the new owners
It is not compulsory to welcome the new owners into the property, but it certainly shows a touch of class. For example, many people choose to clean and tidy the house before leaving, so it is good-as-new for the new owners.
In addition to tidying up inside the house, you could also:
- Give the wall paint a touch up
- Mow the lawn
- Clean the windows
- Hoover the floor
As an added friendly gesture, you could leave behind a bottle of champagne, a welcome letter, box files filled with manuals and/or contact information for important people in the area.
Examples of important people in the area may include landscapers who have worked on the property in the past, or the plumber who installed the boiler.
This may seem like a small task, but it will make a hugely positive difference to the new house owners.
Doing things like this is a great way to celebrate the momentous event that has taken place – and to show respect to the new house owners, as you wish them well.
Take the keys to the estate agency
As a cash house buyer, here at WeBuyAnyHome, we buy properties in any condition. We don’t rely on mortgages or any third parties t
Once you have moved out, take all the keys to the estate agency. They should wait there until the solicitors confirm that the money has been transferred, and it is safe for the keys to be passed over.
If the new owners wish to change the locks, it is their responsibility to do that themselves.
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