When closing on a property, there is more than just the paperwork and the signing. Selling your home has many moving pieces and many people involved. That is why preparing for closing is crucial for it to run smoothly.
Closing Check List Summary
You would think this would be a no-brainer, but many sellers leave only the front door keys. Forgetting the many other doors in the house that have key access.
Other outside building or second garage
Replace the light bulbs or provide the new buyer with the NAME of the device they will need to control the lights and other functions of the house
Alexa, Google Home, or other internet home voice-activated devices
Voice-activated devices have passwords and set up processes the new buyer may not be able to do until their internet or devices arrive – DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN THE DARK
Seems straightforward, but with moving and people coming in and out of the house, many people forget to leave the home clean for the buyers.
There are cleaning companies that you can hire that can come into an empty house and get it done quickly or within a reasonable time to let your buyer come into a clean home
Much like the inside of the house, a maintained yard can also add to the welcome feel
Maintain your yard
If you have dogs, PICK UP THE POOP! Do not leave your dog's poop to be picked up by someone else
Garage door remotes
Front door or other door keypad codes
Garage door keypad codes
Instruction manuals and warranties
Leave names and numbers of your utility providers
What is also helpful is if you have local repair people or maintenance people you used on these items, provide their names and numbers
If you have the booklets that came with the appliances, furnace, hot water tank, water softener, fireplace, pool, well, septic, or other feature, place them in a drawer that would be easy to find – this helps a new buyer ease into the home faster
Prepared For Closing
There are so many moving pieces when it comes to moving from your home. We hope it can be as enjoyable to you as it is to the new buyers. It can be a stressful time, but with the right organization and enough time (time can be the issue), your move out and the new buyers move can be a memorable day.