Some Clutter is Worth Saving - For the Next Person

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Education & Training with House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

If you are selling your home or thinking of selling, now is the time to start a box for the next owner.  Take one of those boxes you have been saving in the basement (check that it is clean and dry) and start putting in your items.  

  • All the appliance instructions and warranties
  • The bills (cut off personal credit card info) and warranties for the major repairs (roof, driveway, etc)
  • The extra keys to the house and the shed, etc (stick them in a zip lock bag with tags on each saying what they will open)
  • Those restaurant fliers that you always toss but the next owners may love.
  • A copy of the local community newsletter
  • The names of the neighbours on all sides
  • If you have time, and who does, make a list of your favourite places to go - restaurants, parks, library
  • The coupon book that you bought and will never use because you are moving to a new location
  • Anything that you won't need but the new owners may.  
For the new owners, opening your 'gift/clutter' box may be like a good Christmas present, unexpected and totally needed.  

 

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Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Mona:  Ron's idea is a good one.  It will look more like a gift - and it is because the Seller took the time and made the effort to find and provide all of this information.  

BTW  I think there is something called 'Newcomers Group' that is replacing Welcome Wagon.  

August 19, 2012 06:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Malcolm Johnston
Trenton Real Estate
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Valerie, this is a thoughtful idea, I'm sure the new owners would appreciate all that information. Unfortunately a lot of people leave their old homes without a thought about the new owners, as if they were fleeing the scene of a crime.

August 19, 2012 06:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Oh yeah, definitely some great "clutter" to leave for the new owners.  Excellent idea #50...........my friend Ilene loves this too!

August 19, 2012 06:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
Referral Group Incorporated

Good morning Valerie. I read the title and knew this would be great. You are too thoughtful, organized and always funny. Still on the road?

August 19, 2012 07:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Malcolm:  You are a riot.  It does look like some Sellers have had the cops on their heels.

Roger:  Glad you liked it.  I know I would want a gift of information.  

Sheila:  Back from the road trip with an empty pocket book and lots of new things to wear.  

August 19, 2012 07:50 AM
Rainmaker
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John Pusa
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
Sellstate Pacific Realty

Valerie - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on some clutter is worth saving for the next person.

August 19, 2012 08:55 AM
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
Fresh Eyes For Your Home

Yes Val, you are absolutely right-some clutter has to be transferred so that the next owner knows how to run the dishwasher! 

August 19, 2012 09:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Nancy Conner
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Managing Broker - City Realty Inc
Some great ideas there! What a nice way for sellers to welcome the new buyers to the home and neighborhood!
August 19, 2012 09:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada
John. You are most welcome.
August 19, 2012 10:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada
Joanna. Those bits of information are usually in a whole lot of places in the house. I suggest starting the box early.
August 19, 2012 10:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada
Nancy. I like Malcolm's idea of wrapping it like a present.
August 19, 2012 10:11 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730

Valerie, My buyers have always been so appreciative when the seller leaves them a book on the house or a box of manuals and the like. Great post.

August 19, 2012 10:17 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Hi Valerie ~ I love your idea and think it would be such a welcome gift to the new owners of any home.  The last time I moved, I gathered most of that info but just left it on the kitchen counter.  Putting it into a pretty box with a lid would make it more like a gift, I'll do that next time (although I'm hoping not to move again for at least ten years!)

August 19, 2012 11:24 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com

Valerie, Some other things we'd love to see left:  Either paint or the color schemes and who makes the paint, spare carpet pieces, leftover hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, etc.  Perfect for future repairs just in case.

August 19, 2012 02:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathy Della-Nebbia
SRES
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage

Nice idea.  I like the names of the neighbours suggestion especially since I'm so bad with names.   That type of thing would really be appreciated.

Kathy

August 19, 2012 05:49 PM
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Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Valerie~ Many people with remember to leave the appliance information and not much of anything else, except maybe the keys.  What a great list!

August 19, 2012 06:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Valerie, those things would be so useful in one place and left for the new owners.  Great Post.

August 19, 2012 07:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
EXIT STAGE RIGHT

Valerie - This is a very thoughtful idea and also kills 2 birds with one stone.  The homeseller can get rid of some excess items they don't need, and the homebuyer can be thankful for some much needed information.  If this isn't win-win, I don't know what is!

August 19, 2012 08:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Debbie:  When I move in and find these things I am always grateful.  Sometimes I have had to call the previous owners and ask if they will send me the manuals when they unpack.

Maureen:  I did tell my husband that we would stay in our current home for a long long time.  Now I am wondering how many years that will be.  LOL

Liz and Bill:  Those are terrific things to leave as well.  While I would like to see the work room cleaned, I would also like to see the extra tiles and hardwood, etc left for me.

August 20, 2012 05:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Kathy:  One person drew me a map with all the names at each house.  I have since done that for others and it is a big help.

Donna:  Glad you like it.

Chris:  Centralized (instead of in a few drawers and the drawer under the oven) is best.

Sally:  Reduce - reuse - recycle.  LOL

August 20, 2012 05:53 AM
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