What Can I Do For The New Owners of My Old Home?
When you’ve closed the door on an old home and are in the midst of unpacking and sorting yourself out in the new, the predicament of the people who’ve bought from you may be the very last thing on your mind. Contracts have been signed and it’s too late for any turning back, so what could be the point in even dwelling on the subject? But there are some things in life that are worth doing, even when there doesn’t appear to be anything in it for you. And just a few small considerations that won’t take up much of your time, could and probably will make a huge difference to the new owners of your old property. Here’s our Master Remover guide outlining just a handful of thoughtful gestures you can make, none of them overly taxing but all of them likely to engender good will. You may well find that the old owners of your new home have done some of them for you.
- Cleaning and Tidying
- Little fixes
Cleaning and Tidying
No one wants to move into a new home and be met with debris, mess, dirt, squalor or rubbish. Ideally, you want to leave the new owners a blank canvas. What makes this gesture particularly easy is that once all your belongings are in the removal van, tidying and cleaning couldn’t be easier or quicker to complete. It’s worth going the whole hog and not even leaving your rubbish in the outside bins. After all, the new owners are likely to need that bin space as soon as they start unpacking their cardboard boxes. If your moving day doesn’t coincide with local refuse collection, then just take your rubbish to the nearest large public bins or local dump. Having got that out of the way, the cleaning should be a breeze. If there’s too much on your plate, then you can delegate this job to your moving company; many of the Master Remover Group companies have bolt-on cleaning services. That way, you can ensure that build-ups of limescale on surfaces, sinks and taps are blitzed into oblivion and that you’re passing on your home in a sparkling, fully refreshed state.
Few things could be worse than to discover, on moving in, that there are significant problems with utilities that weren’t disclosed up-front. So if there’s anything going wrong with your old property’s heating, water, plumbing, gas or electricity, even if it’s an incipient problem that hasn’t become severe yet, then sorting it out while you’re still living there (meaning you’ll benefit from the repairs, too) is the best course of action. If something does go wrong right at the last minute, let the new owners know rather allowing for it to be sprung on them as an unwelcome shock once they’re unpacking. So anything that’s going wrong with fixtures and fittings in the TA10 form should be dealt with, including radiators, plugs, light fittings, sockets and switches, rooftop TV aerials, satellite dishes and more.
Sometimes, it’s only when you’re moving wardrobes, sofas and armchairs, or taking down curtains, that you spot small areas of damage here and there, whether it’s a hole behind a painting or some broken skirting board or cornicing. But with just a little plastering and painting, this can be made good in no time. As with any utility problems, if there isn’t time to sort it out, it can be flagged up to the new owners instead of coming as a nasty surprise. In addition to walls and ceilings, the TA10 form will help you establish what else might need to be done – potentially, repairs to carpets, curtain rales and poles, inbuilt wardrobes, lampshades and more.
Few things could be as unsettling for the new owners than wondering whether or not unknown neighbours, cleaners or local shops have workable copies of their house keys. It’s easy enough to spare them this anxiety by recalling all sets of keys you’ve ever disseminated during your time in the property. And while you’re at it, remember to gather up all the smaller keys that go with the house, whether they’re for windows or sheds.
This might seem like a lot of trouble to go to, but it can usually be hastily put together; for example, the new owners might need to know if there are some quirks as to how the boiler turns on. Anything helpful that isn’t already self-evident, could make an enormous difference to them. Even a single-sheet of useful tips would do the job.
During your years in the property, you’re highly likely to have undertaken various kinds of maintenance and repair, using materials that won’t be needed in your new home. Perhaps you’ve repainted walls or mended flooring. The likelihood, therefore, is that you’ll have unused materials relating to these jobs, things like half-tins of paint, lightbulbs, a spare tile, some off-cuts of material. Anything you know won’t match with, or work in, your new property can be left behind for the new owners, who are sure to find it a thoughtful and helpful gesture.
Making sure you’ve set up temporary forwarding of your post is a task that’s not only helpful to you, but also saves you having to rely on the new owners doing it. It takes hardly any time to arrange and lets the new owners begin life in the property with a clean slate, rather than being reminded daily of the previous occupants.
Other thoughtful things you can do may differ from person to person. For example, you might want to let your neighbours know that you’re moving, so they’re aware that they’ll soon have new neighbours. You might feel moved to leave something to help the new owners acclimatise, whether that’s a card, some milk in the fridge, or some soap in the bathroom.