Moving day has finally arrived; the papers are signed, the boxes are packed and you’re ready to make the trip to your new house. Before you leave for good, remember these five essential moving-day tips that will make moving out quick and easy.
1. Make a Good Last Impression
Just because the house you’re moving out of isn’t yours anymore doesn’t mean that you should leave it in disarray for its new occupants. Moving can be messy; be sure to do a thorough cleaning before leaving. It’s easy to overlook a few scraps of box tape here and some stray packing peanuts there in the middle of the loading process. Think about how you want your new house to look when you get there, and try to emulate that.
2. Leave No Belonging Behind
This is pretty self-explanatory: Check every seemingly pointless drawer and cabinet, along with all the nooks and crannies for any stray objects, tools or toys that may have been hiding from you while you were packing.
3. Raid the Fridge
You don’t want to leave anything in the house, and you certainly don’t want to leave anything in the refrigerator. To be safe, you should unplug and defrost your refrigerator 24 hours before moving day to dry it out. This will prevent you from leaving a messy—and possibly smelly—housewarming gift for the new owners. Any non-perishable food you’re not taking with you can be donated. The organization Move for Hunger coordinates with movers to take any unused food during a move to local food banks.
4. Don’t Fall Off the Map
Before you leave your old home, it’s nice to leave an email address or phone number for the new owners. You or the movers might have forgotten a box or a few items, an issue with the house may have been overlooked in the inspection or they may just want to check in to see what lawn service you used while you lived there. In any case, it’s a good idea to make sure the new owners can reach you if they need to.
5. Keep Your House Safe and Sound
Make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked before you leave. This is especially important if your house is going to remain unoccupied for a few days. Also, turn off all faucets and lights, turn off the water heater and lower the thermostat to prevent wasting any energy.
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