Before You Lock the Door

Before You Lock the Door

If you’re planning a move it most likely has you pretty excited or stressed out (or both). A lot of time in situations such as this, little things can get overlooked regardless of how simple they may seem when your life is a little less hectic. Following are some quick tips to check off before you close and lock the door of your “old place” for the last time. Sure, some seem pretty basic, but you’d be surprised how a list such as this has saved countless headaches and countless dollars.

  • Walk the perimeter of your home and look for any stray tools, pet or children’s toys, or lawn items
  • Retrieve all hidden keys that you may have tucked away under rocks or behind planters
  • Check the washer, dryer, refrigerator and freezer for anything you might have left behind; and make sure all water taps have been turned completely off (this goes for outside taps, as well)
  • Walk through each room and check inside closets and cabinets and behind curtains — as you check each cabinet, leave the door open so you can visually see that it has been emptied
  • Go to each window to assure that it is latched and that the backdoor is locked
  • As you move to the front of the home make sure each room’s light (and ceiling fan if there is one) has been turned off as well as the thermostat
  • As you approach the front door and start to feel sad about seeing it for the last time, think about the excitement that awaits you in your new home

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