Congratulations! You've accepted an offer on your home, you've made it through the home inspection negotiations, and you're close to the finish line! At this point, you're probably starting to feel the emotions of moving... leaving a place you've called home for so long... and you're probably feeling the mounting stress of packing, moving, or dealing with all of the emotional roller coaster that comes with selling a home.
All of this is totally normal! But it can also have you forget the final steps you should take to make sure the home sale goes off without a hitch. Check out the following give steps you don't want to forget about before your home sale is officially all said and done.
Step #1: Don't Forget To Leave Behind The Important Stuff
When you close on your home, you know you need to leave any extra keys, garage door openers, all of the included appliances, things like that. But you also want to make sure you leave any of the extras: any access cards, mailbox keys, codes to garage door openers or other devices that stay, any other items that go along with the house but may not be the first you think to leave. Also, leave a note with any specific information about the house that your buyer should know, as well as all the instruction manuals, receipts, and warranties. This may take some extra time out of your already hectic moving schedule, but I promise, it's worth it. It'll make the buyers feel so welcome in their new home, especially after dealing with a lot of hectic stuff themselves! If there is a trick to turning on the gas fireplace, let them know that. Share the garage collection day and the mailbox number. Any important tips you would appreciate knowing, these are the things to leave in that note.
Step #2: Complete All Inspection Items
During the home inspection negotiations, it may have been negotiated that you complete repairs for the buyer. Make sure these repairs are completed in a thorough manner, and if they were required to be completed by a licensed professional, make sure the work is complete and that you provide all receipts to your agent. These repairs must be done three business days prior to the contractual closing date, unless otherwise specified in the contract (this is WA state timelines). Per the contract, the buyer has the right to complete a final walkthrough of the home - this is to ensure a few things, one of which is to make sure all of the work during the inspection negotiations is complete. If the work isn't complete, the buyers can hold off on signing closing documents until the work is complete, so don't let this happen.
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Step #3: Handle Final Utilities And Mail
Make sure you notify all utility companies of the closing date. Although the title & escrow company will notify your public sewer and public water companies of the owner change and pay your final utility bills, all other utilities are your responsibility to disconnect and pay off. Also, you want to make sure you forward all of your mail so that the new owners don't receive any of your mail.
Step #4: Clean The House
After you've spent all of the time and energy packing, it's easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning your home. This is actually why I recommend choosing a locally owned cleaning company to clean your home, because it makes your life so much easier and it's one less thing to worry about! Either way you choose to go, you must make sure your home is clean. This means cleaning the inside of all appliances, wiping out drawers, and getting all those hidden nooks and crannies cleaned. Seriously, it's worth a few hundred dollars to pay someone to clean your home for you! You'll be so glad you did.
Step #5: Be Weary Of All Electronic Communication
Any time I have the opportunity to warn about wire fraud, I will always do it! You MUST be aware of the communication you have with all parties related to the transaction of your home sale. Although we don't typically think that sellers will be subject to wire fraud, it's still possible that a hacker could pose as your realtor or as someone from the lender or title company and try to steal your information, so that they can steal the money you make on your home sale from your account. There really is no limit to the imagination of hackers on what lengths they'll go to, in order to make money at your expense. Don't let yourself be caught in this situation! So make sure you're in active communication with your agent and everyone else, and this should be primarily phone calls, not texts or emails.
If you're selling your home and wondering what else you need to do to make the process smooth, reach out to me anytime! Call or text me at 509-844-5843 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.