Seller's Closing Checklist
You finally found the perfect match to live in your home next, congrats! Our homes are precious pieces of each chapter in life that contains all our memories. Moving is a difficult process. Once that closing is official, you are no longer the homeowner of the place you kicked off your shoes after work and cooked family favorite meals.
There are many items to take care of in preparation for signing your home away to the next residents fortunate enough to make new memories in what once was yours. This preparation can be both stressful and neglected if you don’t keep track of the long list.
Gather Closing Documents
Without all the documents that come along with closing your home, the buyers cannot take ownership. If your home is paid off you will need to bring the deed to the closing meeting. A photo ID is standard in the process and if required, you may need to bring a certified check. All codes and keys will be handed over during change of possession. Forgetting one or more of these items will not set you up for a successful closing frustrating both the agents and buyers involved in the transaction. Be sure to ask you agent to confirm this list of closing documents that need to be present at the time of close.
Notify others about your move
Moving all your belongings is tedious work, but don’t forget in the midst of it all that you yourself are physically moving to a new location as well! Keep your friends, family and service providers in the loop by letting them know where they can find you at your new address. Immediate family members, close friends and neighbors should be given a call to break the news. A simple way to touch all bases outside of these groups is to send a short, concise email. An email can be sent to the rest of distant friends and acquaintances. Companies that should be alerted include those handling your cable, water, sewage, electricity and other utility services.
The groups that fall into “all the rest” can be notified after the move if you so desire. This group includes credit card companies, DMV, IRS and others that may be sending important bills your way. Notifying them will save you from making tedious trips back to your old home to gather stacks of mail containing sensitive information.
Along with notifying family and friends, make sure to cancel or transition all services that come to your home. Don’t forget to change your shipping addresses on all regular shipments and notify service companies like insurance and utilities. Switching over this information can be very time consuming, but make it easy on yourself by setting a day aside to do so!
Gather all items for the buyer
A minor check off the to-do list is to gather all remotes and small items the seller may need. These include any remotes to lighting or fans that will stay in the home. This may also includes warranties and receipts for any appliances being purchase with the home. If this applies to your old home, it may be wise to leave directions to any small items left in the home (for good karma).
Cross your T’s and dot your I’s
Before racing off to your new home with excitement, check everything. It’s important that the home is in top notch shape before home inspection takes place. You’re responsible for the maintenance of the home up until the date of closing when the new homeowners take possession. A cracked window can lead to a bird flying in and wrecking the home just as a leaky faucet can lead to a damaging flood. This means checking every outlet, switch and valve so you’re aware of minor problems that can be fixed before inspection.
Pro tip: Have your house cleaned professionally or deep clean once all items are removed to give buyers a warm welcome into their new home!
It's important to remember that you've been on both sides as the seller and the buyer in two different negotiations. Make sure you leave your home in great condition and come prepared for closing on the designated date. Time to start checking off that list!