| Aug 12, 2014
In all the hustle and bustle of packing up a house and getting your family safely moved to a new location, it’s not uncommon to leave a few important items behind. This may not be a big problem if you’re only moving across the city (and you still have a copy of your keys), but if your move takes you hundreds of miles away, you many never see these things again.
During your final walk-through, make sure you keep a sharp eye for these commonly left behind items. > Gardening Tools/Hose:
Sometimes, homeowners would rather not deal with the weight and hassle of outdoor tools; other times, these items are forgotten because they are commonly stored outside. Always include a walk-through of your outer buildings as well as your home’s interior. > Bicycles
: Because they are also usually stored outside, bicycles might get left behind. These can be pretty expensive to replace, so try and pack them early. Bike accessories like helmets and spare tires are also forgotten fairly often. > Shelving
: Many types of bookshelves and shelving units can be taken easily taken down and reassembled in your new home. Home storage is always a concern, so consider bringing your more useful shelves with you. > Vacuum/Cleaning Supplies
: Many people (especially renters) do a final clean before they move. Leaving behind a vacuum, mops, and cleaning solutions is actually fairly common. It can be a nice gesture to leave these for the next residents, but make sure anything expensive goes with you. > Window Air Conditioning Units
: Heavy, bulky, and difficult to remove from the window casing, air conditioning units don’t always make the transition to a new home well. However, if you want to stay cool and you invested quite a bit in your unit, you may want to double check to ensure you have yours safely packed. > Fireplace Grates/Accessories
: Any items that are stored inside something else (like a fireplace grate or tools) can be easily missed. Always double check anywhere you keep seasonal items.
: It sounds awful, but more than one homeowner has been forced to leave behind a cat or dog who gets lost during a move. Animals can get frightened or run away during the packing and moving stages. Always secure your pets ahead of time and make arrangements so they don’t get forgotten. > Touch-Up Paint
: If you have extra cans of interior paint lying around, you may want to leave them behind on purpose. These can be used by the new homeowners to color match and/or touch up the walls if they ding them during moving. > Delivery Menus:
These are another one of those items you should
leave behind on purpose. If you’ve gathered a few takeout menus over the years, place them on the counter for the new residents to find—it’ll save them quite a bit of time figuring out who delivers to the area!
In most cases, it’s the small, less frequently used things that get forgotten, so always do a final sweep of the cupboards, closets, and built-ins. Most walk-throughs only take ten minutes (at the most), and it will be well worth the peace of mind.