Mortgage Payoff Amount
Contact your mortgage lender and get your mortgage payoff amount. We’ll need this to estimate your proceeds from the sale of your home. If you’ll be purchasing a new home with the proceeds from the sale of your home then the lender for your home purchase will need this information for your mortgage pre-approval letter.
Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter
Contact a lender for mortgage pre-approval for the purchase of your next home. You can find my list of lenders here.
Make two spare copies of your front door keys. If you have keys for separate locks (like a garage or shed) please make copies of those, too.
It’s likely that a potential buyer will want to know how much you pay for utilities as they’re calculating their expenses. Now is a good time to put together an estimate of your average utilities so that it’s ready to provide if requested.
Gather receipts and warranty paperwork for any repairs and appliance purchases made under your ownership. These can be placed in a folder that will stay at the house for the buyers when you move.
Get professional estimates for any known necessary repairs, especially those that are expensive, safety issues, or structural issues. This includes items that are considered at, or beyond, their useful life expectancy such as the heating and air conditioning system, water heater, and roof.
- Go through every room and discard anything that you won’t take with you to your new home.
- Pack seldom used and seasonal items in labeled boxes that are ready to move (or accessible if you need them in the meantime).
- Remove excessive furniture. This helps rooms look larger and more open.
- Clear out all closets to no more than 2/3 full. Donate/Discard rarely worn clothing and shoes.
- Go through all drawers and cabinets and discard or pack seldom used items.
- Clear off all horizontal surfaces (tables, bathroom and kitchen counters, dressers, other furniture)
- Pack away seldom used kids’ toys.
- Remove and replace anything attached to the home that you plan to bring with you (ie, Nest thermostat, Ring doorbell, appliances that you plan to take, light fixtures you plan to bring to the new house).
- Pack personal/family photos. Repair any holes in the walls.
- Remove degrees, diplomas, certificates and awards.
- Remove identifiers such as kids names in on their bedroom walls.
- Pack away memorabilia, collectibles, and hobby items.
- Pack away any name identifiers, ie. front door plaques.
- Dust everything including . . .
- Dust ceiling fans
- Dust tops of refrigerator and kitchen cabinets
- Clean window treatments
- Clean garbage bins
- Wash sills and windows, inside and out
- Clean around switch plates and doorknobs with a Magic Eraser
- Clean the inside and outside of the range, refrigerator, and microwave
- Clean bathroom mirrors
- Clean out cabinets and drawers
- Steam clean carpets and rugs
- Wash and wax all floors, as applicable (Murphy’s Oil Soap works well for wood floors)