Relocation Advice: What to leave behind

6 Mar

One of the worst parts of moving house is tackling all the packing that needs to be done. But while your primary focus will be on what you need to pack, don’t forget to think about what you need to leave behind too.

You may well have already stated any main items you plan to leave behind when you put your house on the market, such as carpets or kitchen appliances, plus extra negotiations may have taken place with the buyers for additional items to be left, such as curtains or fittings. But apart from the fixtures and fittings, there are other items that need to be left behind for the new owners.

Keys are of course one of them (essential for getting in!), but it’s not just the door keys and any spare sets that should be left. If you’ve got locks on any windows in your home, you need to ensure these are left behind, and if you’ve got a side gate that locks, internal doors with locks or a garage, then keys for all these doors needs to left behind too. If you’re feeling really keen, you could also label them, as finding a bunch of random keys and not knowing what they belong to can be a tad confusing for new owners.

The other thing you should remember to leave behind is any instruction booklets for household appliances. If you’ve agreed to leave kitchen appliances, then this includes things like the cooker, fridge or washing machine. Also vitally important are instructions for the boiler, fire and any alarms that might be fitted.

These are very easily overlooked, but won’t be much use for you to take with you and could prove tricky for new owners to be without. In the case of gas fires, for example, a new rule brought in by British Gas in the last few years means that engineers are not allowed to service a gas fire unless they have an instruction leaflet. Home owners with relatively new gas fires may not find this a problem, as instruction leaflets can be obtained with a little research, but for those with older fires that are no longer manufactured, or produced by defunct companies, being stuck without any instructions means no service is possible, or at least not from British Gas.

Another handy piece of information to leave behind is your local council refuse guide (usually send out to you once a year) detailing when the refuse and recycling collections will be made each week – and, of course, the bins themselves!

Any other suggestions for things to leave behind? Or have you experienced some strange things left behind in your new home?

6 Responses to “Relocation Advice: What to leave behind”

  1. April April 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    I had some odd things left behind in my last house – a pair of used knickers (yuck), a dollshouse, a metal cross and a lawnmower in the lounge.

  2. Allun Edwards June 5, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    I believe it depends on the sellers, if they feel that they’ve got a good price for the property – then they’ll leave it clean, tidy, and also ask you if you want “some bits”, (usually only stuff they can’t be bothered to take or skip), wheel barrow, garden table and chairs, xmas tree and decs, and grandma….

  3. Bubble wrap March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    I don’t believe there is any reason to leave things behind. I think if by accident than fair enough, but to leave things such as a dollhouse, and lawnmower, these things could have quite easily been given away, to a charity or taken down the tip.

    I think it just comes from lazyness to be honest!

  4. içamentos April 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    good article, i will add my feeds.

  5. internal doors November 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    You would think British Gas would have some knowledge when it comes to servicing gas fires, but I suppose it covers them in the event of failure. Do they sell gas fires, I wonder?

    If a garage wouldnt service your car without a manual, you would be happy to take it elsewhere so I guess this is the way forward with appliances too.

  6. Sparsh May 27, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    The previous owners in my mum’s house left behind a lot of junk along with a large hot tub in the back garden. They said they wanted to take it away but still haven’t done so a year after the sale.

    Do you think we could just sell the hot tub? We’ve tried various methods to contact them, but they don’t want to get in touch. IT probably costs them more to move it.

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