Congratulations! Your closing is approaching! ¬†As the¬†Seller your work is nearly done, and you’re getting ready for the walk through to the complete the transfer to the buyer¬†and prepare for the closing on your home.
SELLER: ¬†In preparation, you’ll¬†remove all possessions, cleaning out closets, attic, garage and basement, and leaving the home “broom clean” according to the contract. ¬†Appliances including refrigerators, freezers, range tops and ovens are also cleaned. ¬†Anything that was agreed on to be repaired will be backed up with invoices for those repairs. ¬†[These should be delivered to your attorney prior to the closing.] ¬†If the closing is in summer months, the lawn should be cut one last time within a few days of the closing. ¬†If the closing is during the winter, be sure that snow has been removed from the driveway and walkway to the front door.
A guideline is to check your contract, and the inclusion/exclusion document with your listing to remind yourself what you have agreed to remove or to leave. This avoids unhappy reactions when the buyer walks through. You want them to see what they expect to find and not see what they expect to be removed! ¬†(Seems simple, doesn’t it?!)
If your heat is fueled with oil, you will contact the oil company for a final reading within a couple of days of the closing, and have them send that reading to your attorney. ¬†You’ll also call the electric company and schedule a “final reading” the day of the closing. They will then send the final bill to your new address and commence service to the new buyer. This call should be made about 5 days prior to the closing. If your home is heated with natural gas, simply call that company, again for a final reading, and last, the cable company for removal of the equipment and transferring it to your new address. ¬†If you have public water, the attorney will make the transfer of that utility.
Your buyer will come to walk through as early as they can; perhaps the day before. Confirm with your agent when you will be out of the house and have everything ready for their walk through.
Breathe! ¬†See you at the closing table!