Tip Tuesday: Pro Tip – Seller’s Home Closing Checklist

Are you the Listing Agent for an upcoming closing?

Your sellers may already have gathered all the paperwork needed for closing day, but there are a few other tasks they need to handle before they get to the closing table.

Here is a great checklist you should provide your sellers with prior to closing.

  • Clean the entire house, including inside drawers and cabinets.
  • Close utility accounts and have them shut off on the day of closing.
  • Place all keys (house, mailbox, pool, etc.), garage remotes, alarm, and gate codes, etc. in one place, such as a drawer closest to the refrigerator.
  • Create a packet of appliance manuals, service contracts, warranties, etc. and place them in the same drawer.
  • Visit usps.com/manage/forward.htm to direct the post office to forward your mail. Also, consider leaving a large, stamped envelope that’s addressed to your new home so the buyers can forward any important mail that ends up at your former home. 
  • Cancel newspaper subscriptions if you have any. 
  • Do a final sweep of every drawer, cabinet, and surface to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
  • Lock up the house, turn off the lights and close the blinds on the way out.
  • Make a note to cancel homeowner’s insurance after the closing is complete and the title has been transferred or the deed recorded.

[Sources: homelight.com, thebalance.com, Florida Realtors®]

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