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.  

 

Photo credit:  King Cake UPS Shipping Box

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  1. Debbie Reynolds 08/22/2012 06:39 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
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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
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
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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
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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
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Valerie Zinger
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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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