Overlooked Details When Selling Your House

Real Estate Agent with The Mode Real Estate Group DRE # 00935148

When it comes to selling a house, getting to closing day is like getting to the finish line of a full marathon. FINALLY! You are exhausted, but feeling accomplished because of all the hard work you put in for months prior.

There are plenty of BIG decisions and steps that need to be taken, but it’s the little things that often get missed. Here are a few commonly missed details when moving out of your house.

1. Switch your utilities.  While this won’t get missed for long, its important to remember that you need to initiate the process of switching some utilities about 10 days before closing. If you don’t, you could potentially be without a critical service at your new house, or continue to pay for services you aren’t using at your old house.

2. Don’t leave anything behind I’m sure the house will LOOK empty on your exit, but it’s not always the case. Don’t forget to check the fridge and freezer to ensure all food is gone, and be sure to check behind the doors in each room. Its very common for nightgowns and jackets to still be hanging behind the door since we’re not accustomed to closing the interior doors of our house when we’re moving. 

3.  Make sure you’ve got the right permits for your moving vehicles. If you live on a busy road with lots of street parking, you might need to check with the city to block off a few parking spaces to ensure your moving truck can park as close to your house as possible. Also, if you’re renting a POD, check with your local municipality to see if you need to apply for any special permits. Some cities or HOAs require permits for speciality moving or storage containers, even if they’re temporary.

The big stuff is easy, the devil’s in the details. It’s still a great time to sell. Shoot me a message and let’s chat about your home and how much it’s worth!

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Lori Mode

Lori Mode, Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove

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About the author: The above Real Estate information was provided by Lori Mode.  Lori can be reached via email at or by phone at 916-405-5737. Lori has helped people move in and out of Elk Grove and surrounding Sacramento areas for the last 37 years.

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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Aug 31, 2023 03:25 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Valuable info Lori Mode !  Utilities are often overlooked, and I always remind buyers and sellers to make that switch!  Kathy

Aug 31, 2023 09:22 AM
Lori Mode
The Mode Real Estate Group - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate Made Simple

Kathy, I do too.  Sometimes I can't believe how many agents don't do this.

Aug 31, 2023 09:27 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Your post hit home with me… when I purchased my first home / from my brother’s friend, he left a ton of junk in the basement cubby hole!

Aug 31, 2023 02:35 PM
Lori Mode
The Mode Real Estate Group - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate Made Simple

Paddy, that is never fun!  I can't tell you how many times we find items that the seller has left on our final walk through or the day we get the keys!

Aug 31, 2023 02:46 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

There are so many details to be aware of when moving (selling your house).  I have to agree that taking care of disconnecting utilities is a big one. I always have that conversation with my seller (or buyer) so there are no surprises later on.  Great post ... Lori Mode 

Sep 09, 2023 12:33 PM