How to Transfer a Nest Thermostat to a New Homeowner

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Today’s digital world has made living easier because we can now basically do a lot of things with the use of our digital devices. This includes the Google Nest Thermostat, which allows you to remotely take control of the entire home’s heating and cooling anywhere you may be.

But, if you plan on moving to a new home and you are now selling your old house, can you now transfer your Nest Thermostat to a new homeowner?

Can you Transfer a Nest Thermostat to a New Homeowner?

Yes, you can easily transfer the Google Nest Thermostat to a new owner by removing yourself as the old owner from your own account and then transfer the device to the new homeowner’s account instead. You are basically doing it digitally as well without even tampering with the Nest Thermostat.

The digital age we live in has become so easy for a lot of us that even transferring the controls over a remotely controlled thermostat can be as easy as tinkering with your smartphone. But let’s not stop there because there are still a lot of things you need to know about how to transfer your Google Nest Thermostat to a new owner and whether or not you can even take it with you if you are planning on moving to a new home.

Google Nest Thermostat on a wall
Google Nest Thermostat on a wall

Steps to Transfer a Google Nest Thermostat to a New Homeowner

If you want to transfer a Google Nest Thermostat over to a new homeowner, here is a simple step-by-step guide on how you can do it:

  1. Open your Nest app and select the Home you would like to change (if you are controlling more than one home with one single Nest app under your name).
  2. Go to the Settings option and then look for the device you would want to remove from that Home.
  3. Look for the Google Nest Thermostat that has been attached to that Home and then choose to remove it from that Home so that the device or product will no longer be attached to your account. You are basically removing your control and ownership over the Nest Thermostat.
  4. Allow the new owner to do the necessary steps to tie the Nest Thermostat into his or her own account so that he or she will now become the new owner of that device.

Another way for you to do it is to perform a factory reset on the Nest Thermostat so that it will forget all of your personal details and allow the new owner to input his or her own details on it.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Press the thermostat ring on the Nest Thermostat so that you can open the Quick View menu where you can change the settings of the device.
  2. Locate the Settings option and select it. This is where you will be performing the factory reset.
  3. Go to the Reset option and then choose to reset All Settings so that everything on the device gets a reset. This erases all of your personal information and will allow the new homeowner to take over the Nest Thermostat after you have left it to him or her when you sold the house including the device.
Google Nest Thermostat in a home

Can you take your Nest Thermostat with you when you move?

We have talked about the possibility of you moving to a new house and selling your old house together with the Google Nest Thermostat. But what happens if you decide to move to a new house but you want to bring the Nest Thermostat with you? Can you take it with you?

Well, if you sold the house before you took the Nest Thermostat out, then the bad news is that you cannot take it with you. The reason is that your thermostat is a part of your house’s fixtures similar to how the countertops, light switches, and drawers are a huge part of your entire house. In that sense, you cannot take it with you when you leave.

You can take your Nest with you if you decide to move to a new home before you place your old house on the market. The reasoning is that your Nest will not be listed as a necessary fixture in the house sale of contract, so you can do whatever you want.

Another alternative is that before you decide to sell your old home you can swap the Nest Thermostat with a cheaper alternative so that the old house will still come with the necessary fixture, which is the new but cheaper thermostat, and you still end up able to take your original Nest Thermostat.

But, just to be on the safe side, ask your real estate agent first to make things clear so that you won’t end up on the wrong end of a legal dispute if you decide to bring our Nest Thermostat with you when you move into your new home.