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The Considerate Seller

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A Home Care 101 Post

Whether you’ve lived in your home for one year or fifty, whether it was a brief stopping place or the background of memories of generations, your knowledge of your home carries great value for future homeowners.

How can you be a considerate seller? Share! The earlier you start, the easier it is to make sure all the important information and quirky bits about your home are passed along to its new owners.

It’s easy! Start a filing system for information about your home. How do you best save information? Make sure you choose a system that works best for you, whether it’s creating a binder where you carefully organize paperwork, a box where bits and pieces can be tossed in here and there, or a GoogleDrive folder where you can easily save docs and sheets.

Replacement/Updating Info for Decor

  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring (carpet, hardwood, and tile)
  • Light fixtures and fans
  • Paint colors
  • Plumbing fixtures (sinks, faucets)

Service Records and Warranties

  • Kitchen appliances (fridge, oven, dishwasher, etc)
  • Household appliances (water heater, washer/dryer)
  • HVAC (airconditioning and heating systems)
  • Roof
  • Other household items (blinds, sprinkler systems)

Vendors

  • Cleaning service
  • Lawn care service
  • Sprinkler service
  • Appliance maintenance
  • Professional repairs (plumber, electrician)

A Few More

As real estate agents, we’ve walked through many homes with sellers as they say goodbye and buyers as they walk through the doors of their new home as owners for the first time. Sometimes we see some pretty cool gifts from sellers to the new homeowners. For example:

  • List of favorite local restaurants and entertainment venues.
  • Information about block traditions like block parties and holiday tree sales.
  • Welcome baskets with treats for the new owners.

One of our buyers walked into their new home to discover a list of information about the old home they’d just purchased: a light switch that, if left in the down position, also turns off the outlets in the room. A panel that, if pushed just so, reveals a bit of extra storage space. An old coal shoot door just behind the bushes. They felt like they were going on a treasure hunt in their new home.

What suggestions do you have for welcoming your buyers into a home as sellers move on to their next adventure? Leave your comments on our Facebook page.

Moving on to a new home is an exciting, often emotional experiencing. Leaving some helpful information behind benefits both you and the new homeowner. And who knows, maybe your new home will come with welcome tips as well!

Ready for your next adventure? Contact your LW Reedy Realtor today!

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