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What do sellers need to do before closing on their home?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Pamela Glende

What do sellers need to do before closing on their home?

You don’t have to have a checklist, but it’s a good idea to have one. Closing on a home can be very stressful. There are a thousand things you are trying to do at once. Trying to pack, scheduling movers and trying to complete everything that needs to be done along with your regular life activities. It really helps to have a list.

Once your home is under contract it’s a good idea to make a list and check off all the completed tasks. Things can fall through the cracks with all the things going on.

You may need to do the agreed upon repairs. You may need to install carbon monoxide detectors or get the septic pumped or certified. You may also need to schedule a well inspection. All these things may be your responsibility if they are in the contract. Timelines are a must to follow to stay within the timeframe contingencies.

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You will want to get your closing documents together.
Make sure you don’t pack them. That would be terrible if they were in a moving truck on the way to your new home.

Your contract, your purchase contract, seller disclosures, your closing statement and any other documents that might be needed. It is a good idea to have access to all of these documents in case there are any discrepancies when you go to sign your closing documents. Perhaps a utility bill is showing that it hasn’t been paid or they need a receipt for a repair. Have all these things available should you need them.

Make a list of who you need to notify of your new address.

Make sure you take notify businesses and other people of your pending move as soon as you know the home sale is going through. With all the added stress it would be easy to miss paying a bill or something because you failed to update your address.


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Cancel your insurance.

There is no need to carry insurance on a home you no longer own. Do make sure the title has transferred or the deed was recorded. You want to make sure you are no longer responsible for the home.

Cancel your utilities.

Let all of your utility companies know what day to take them out of your name. If you don’t let them know you could be charged for days you don’t own the home. Many companies will let you cancel online now. Make sure you give them the new owners name and the date of closing. You can often schedule this to take effect on a certain day.

Clean the house and make it nice for the new owners. Most contracts state that the home should be clean and all personal items removed. It’s just the right thing to do. You wouldn’t want to move into a dirty home and your home buyer won’t want that either. Haul away trash and other unwanted items.

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Leave all the keys and garage and fan remotes in one place for the new owner. The kitchen counter is a good place to leave these items. Also put all appliance manuals, warranty receipts etc. in one folder and leave with the keys.

Do a final walk through the home checking that nothing has been forgotten. Check drawers, cupboards closets etc. Make sure you don’t take anything that is supposed to stay with the home. This happens so often so know your contract. If you are uncertain check with your real estate agent.

Pamela Glende | Spokane Realtor
Haven Real Estate Group
509 731-3302

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