You have just bought your new home.  You are preparing to move in.  There is so much to do and know about this home.  You, as the new owner, should make sure that you have some vital information and details turned over to you for your first day.  While I will assist you with much of this activity, here is an excellent summary checklist for the departing owner provided by REALTOR Magazine, which you should go over together before moving in. You may need some or all of the following:

1. Owner's manuals and warranties for any appliances left in the house.

2. Garage door opener(s)

3. Extra set of house keys.

4. Other keys--Think beyond the front doors.  Do you have any cabinets or lockers built into           the house that require keys?

5. Code to the security alarm and phone number of the monitoring service if service is not           discontinued.

6. Smart home device access--Any devices listed as fixtures need to be reset for the new                  homeowner. Make sure your account information and usage data are wiped from the                     device so that they may use it.   Check with your device's manufacturer to find                                 out how to do this.            

7. Numbers to the local utility companies.  This can be especially helpful to owners who                     many not yet have easy access to the Internet in the new home.

8. Contact info for the condo board or home ownership, if applicable.

9. A list of local service providers, such as the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, and                  so on.  You're not just helping the new owners, but also the local businesses that                            you are leaving behind.              

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