Preparing your home for sale definitely involves several steps. It includes everything from staging to cleaning so that your home looks perfect when introduced to the masses. However, what happens once you have secured a buyer and have entered contract? Here are the steps that are involved from going under agreement until closing day.

  • Tend to any issues that may have come about during the inspection. Sometimes there is further negotiation to make repairs of things that were discovered during a home inspection. Be sure to address these if they are part of the deal.
  • Prepare for the buyer’s appraisal. Keeping your home in show condition is a wise idea so that it presents its greatest value.
  • Arrange for movers. Schedule and book your movers in time for the closing day.
  • Start packing. After the appraisal there typically won’t be any other important visits from buyers or third parties. Now is a great time to begin packing.
  • Be sure the buyer’s financing contingency date is met and fulfilled. This is the deadline for the buyer to have 100% confirmed their loan commitment. Once this is secured it is a good indication that all finances will be in order for the day of the closing.
  • Disconnect utilities. Contact all utility companies and services to notify of termination date or transfer to your new location.
  • Change your address online or in person with the USPS and everywhere else that is necessary.
  • Only leave items behind that are agreed to be left in the contract except for appliance manuals. Remove all personal items from the home, but leave all service manuals for appliances and warranty information for the new owner.
  • Clean the property. Upon departure you should leave the home in good condition for the new owners.
  • The Closing. Attend the closing for signing all of the necessary documents as well as transfer keys and collect monies. Once all paperwork is completed and the attorney has recorded the deed you have successfully sold your home!

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