Things to Leave Behind When You Move House
Garden Plants and Fixtures
You may have spent a lot of time and money getting your garden looking just the way you want it. However, you really should leave the permanent plants and decorative fixtures in the garden for the new occupants.
Items like water features or fountains should be left behind if they’re permanent fixtures in the yard. The same is true for outdoor gazebos or pergolas, especially if they were purpose built to house a spa or hot tub.
It’s important to discuss what’s staying and what’s going with your real estate agent before you move. Buyers may base a decision about your home on the appearance of the yard. If half of the things they loved about the place aren’t there when they move in, there could be problems later.
Spa or Hot Tub
If you’ve gone to the expense of building a specific location out on the patio or deck for a spa or hot tub, chances are you’ll be expected to leave it behind for the new occupants when you move. However, if your spa or hot tub is portable and isn’t fixed into an outdoor fixture you could take it with you, providing there’s room for it at the new house.
Many owners are disappointed that they must leave some special fixtures and fittings behind in the house when they move, especially if they’ve invested a lot of money buying those things. Things like expensive light fittings and chandeliers, customised door handles, and curtains or drapes are commonly removed by some owners on moving day and replaced with standard or cheaper versions of the same things.
If you intend to take those special items with you, remove them before open inspection day so the new owners aren’t expecting to see them when they move in.
Removing a dishwasher and reinstalling it at your new place is a relatively easy job. However, your dishwasher is usually considered a fixture in your kitchen so it should probably stay for the new owners to enjoy. Besides, your new home may already have a dishwasher installed.
These days it’s common for people to have their fridges plumbed into the mains water, especially if you have an ice machine or chilled water element in your fridge. Of course you’re going to need a fridge at your new home, but what happens if there’s no available plumbing behind the fridge cavity to connect to?
Once again, this type of appliance is best discussed with your real estate agent to determine whether it should stay or go.
As soon as you receive the keys for your new house, arrange to get a set of spare keys cut. You’ll be very busy on moving day, so it’s easy to lose a single set of keys or lock them inside the house. Reduce the risk by having a spare set already available.