If you have come this far, this means that it is almost time for a congratulations, but not yet. Do not forget to tie up these loose ends:
Final Walk-Through Inspection.
More of a formality than anything else, the final inspection takes place the day before, or the day of the closing. The buyer visits the property to verify that all is in working order, everything is the same as when the buyer last viewed the property, and that there are no extra items left behind.
Cancel Home Services and Utilities.
We will provide a list of useful numbers for the termination of home services and utilities after the closing occurs.
We are ready to assist you should an unforeseen glitch pop up, even at this last stage. If something at the property breaks down or the buyers’ loan does not pull through on time, there is no need to worry. We have encountered these problems before so we know how to handle them efficiently and in a stress-free manner.
The closing agent will furnish all parties involved with a settlement statement, which summarizes and details the financial transactions enacted in the process. The buyer(s) will sign this statement and then you will sign as well as the closing agent, certifying its accuracy. If you are unable to attend the scheduled closing, then arrangements can be made depending on the circumstances and the notice that we receive. If you are receiving funds from the transaction, you can elect to either have the funds wired electronically to an account at your financial institution, or have a check issued to you at the closing. The seller should arrange to have all property keys and any other important information for the new purchaser at the closing, so that the purchaser may receive these items at this time.
Tips for Selling your home
- Half-empty closets
Storage is something buyers will look for. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there.
- Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
- Conceal the pets
Not everybody is a cat or dog lover. If your planning on an open house, make sure your pet will be boarded or with a friend/family member for the day.
- Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Large makeovers, not so much. Do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
- Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
- The kitchen comes first
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint to you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.
- Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
- The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. When you’re selling, make it welcoming.