Whether you’re moving office or home, it’s easy to forget to do those vital last-minute tasks that could cause you a lot of hassle in the future if you forget to do them. We’ve compiled a list of things to think about that will help you make sure you’ve covered all your bases before you close the door on your old property.
Is Everything Switched Off?
As you’ll have packed away most of your electrical equipment, you’ll most probably not have left anything plugged in but it’s definitely worth checking every socket just in case. Ovens, fridges etc. should also be turned off.
Basically, this should be the very last thing you do before you lock the front door for the last time, after you’ve double checked that everything is turned off. You don’t want to be stuck with any extra costs that are accrued after the end of your tenancy, so submit these to your energy providers as soon as possible.
While you should check that everything else is turned off, if it’s the icy middle of winter you shouldn’t completely turn off the heating in case the pipes freeze and cause damage by bursting. As you don’t want to be saddled with the costs of heating a house that you’re not living in, check what the landlord/new owner wants you to do.
Empty the Bins
Get rid of any rubbish to avoid raising a stink and attracting flies – a courtesy for a new owner, and a sure-fire way to lose your deposit if you’ve been renting.
Is Everything Locked?
In case the property is going to empty for a while, it’s worth double checking that every single door and window is secured. You don’t want to be liable for any damage or theft that comes from carelessly leaving a window open.
Retrieve Your Hide-a-keys
If you’ve hidden a key under a plant-pot for emergencies, don’t forget to retrieve it – the new tenant will appreciate the spare, and you don’t want to create a security risk by leaving a key to an unattended house out in the open.
Especially if you’ve been renting, take some photos of any damage that has happened to the property, and also some to match the ones you should have taken when you moved in. You’re arming yourself against any disputes that might come up in the future.
If you’re leaving these behind, you’ll need to defrost them. As you’re leaving, you’ll need to make sure they’re slightly propped open to let the air in and reduce the mould that might build up.