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Closing Tips for Sellers

How to make the closing go smoothly

A smooth move is priceless, and with guidance from your Locations Realtor, you can make it a reality. Below are a few of the many tips to consider when moving.

Plan Ahead

The more time you and your Realtor have to plan & prepare, the more likely you are to reach your objective. From the time of the year, as well as the time of the month, it can make a difference as to the number of potential buyers you will have be interested in your home. For instance, if it’s likely that the future buyer has children in school, then often those buyers prefer to move in summertime or the Holiday breaks, when school is out of session. This means you may want to go on the market a month or two prior to those dates. 

Prepare your Home

You only have one chance at making that GREAT 1st Impression.

These days, that impression is most likely made based on photos, as the prospective buyers & their agents view the homes for sales online or from their mobile device. If they like what they see, then they come look at your home.  This means having your home, the yard, everything in the best of condition for the Professional Photographs that will take place, prior to putting your home on the market. Hiring a professional cleaner can make an enormous difference, as well as de-cluttering your home.  The buyers want to imagine their items in your home, so you want to have all counters, tables cleared off, less is definitely more when it comes time to sell.  Since you’ll be moving anyways, it’s best to start packing & boxing up items well in advance of selling your home.

Your Locations Realtor can guide you on what type of items are ideal to leave, and what’s best to pack away.  Don’t forget about the “curb appeal” of your home, since that’s the first impression the buyer will have as the enter your home. Bright flowers, plants can really make a difference, and keeping the walkway & driveway clean is ideal.

Keep Track of your Seller Disclosures, Purchase Contract and all Addendums

Make sure to keep all of these documents in a safe place just in case you need them again.  

Make sure your home is Clean

It's easiest and most cost effective to hire a professional cleaning service.  How clean you leave the place is personal preference (carpet cleaning, polishing fixtures etc.)  Put yourself in the buyer's shoes, how would you want to find your home if you just purchased it?  

Go to the Final Walk-through

Impart your knowledge on the buyer about all the quirks your house has (yard care tips, how the light switches work etc.)

Cancel your Insurance

This one seems obvious but wait until the title transfer has occured before transferring your insurance.  

Cancel Utilities 

List all of the utilies you have and cancel/transfer them one by one.  Do this at least a week in advance to allow the companies time to cancel the service. 

Leave all your Keys

Gate keys, mailbox keys, garage door openers, fan remotes, everything.  Leave all of these things in the same place for the buyer to find.  

Check every Nook and Cranny 

Cabinets, drawers, storage areas, sheds, make sure you don't leave anything behind.

Moving Tips 

View our "Moving Tips" Article Here