4 Things You Should Never Forget To Do When Leaving Your Old Home

It's finally happened - you've decided to sell your home and want to find the perfect buyer for it because you're ready to move on to the next chapter in your life. But before you hand over the keys, there are a few things you can do to make sure your old home's new owners will be smiling from ear to ear when they walk through the door. 

Clean The House

Take a good look around and make any necessary repairs. For example, patch holes in walls, replace broken light fixtures and baseboards and make any necessary adjustments to the plumbing and electrical systems. If needed, replace carpeting or other floorings.

Then, give the place a thorough cleaning - inside and out. If you have any personal items that you want to keep, pack them up now. Make sure the place is free of any clutter or dirt. Finally, give your home a fresh coat of paint on the outside. This will ensure that your home looks its best when it goes on the market - and it'll give your new owners a fresh start!

Change Your Address

  • Notify the post office of your new address. It is important for two reasons: First, so your mail will be forwarded to your new home, and second, any bills or other correspondence addressed to your old home will be forwarded to you. 
  • Change your address with the DMV. This is important for obvious reasons - you don't want to get pulled over and ticketed for having an outdated address on your driver's license!
  • Contact your bank and credit card companies to update your address. Again, this is important for both billing and security purposes.

Understand The Probate Process

When you’re ready to start marketing your probate real estate in Los Angeles, there are a few key things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to understand the probate process and what paperwork will be required. You’ll also want to make sure you price your property competitively and market it effectively.

The good news is that there are plenty of resources available to help you through the process. The Los Angeles County Probate Court website has a wealth of information, as well as helpful forms and instructions. You can also find numerous real estate agents who specialize in probate properties.

Once you have a handle on the basics, it’s time to start marketing your property. Begin by creating a list of potential buyers, including family members, friends, and colleagues.

Cancel Your Utilities

  • Call your electricity provider and let them know you're moving. They'll ask for your new address so they can send you a final bill. 
  • Call your gas company and tell them you're moving. They may ask for a forwarding address so they can send you a final bill.
  • Call your water provider and let them know you're moving. You'll need to provide them with your new address so they can send you a final bill.
  • If you have any other utilities, such as cable or internet, be sure to call those companies as well and give them your new address.

Conclusion

As you prepare to sell your old home, there are a few key things you should never forget to do. First, be sure to declutter and deep clean the house from top to bottom. Potential buyers will find it more appealing as a result. Next, make any necessary repairs or updates that could improve the value of your home. Finally, be sure to stage the home in a way that makes it look inviting and warm. Following  these simple tips, you can help ensure a successful sale of your old home.

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