SELLER CLOSING CHECKLIST

  • After signing the purchase agreement, the next step is the home inspection
    • In most cases, you have the option to keep your house on the market and continue showing it until the inspection contingency is removed. Our MLS rules require that we send it through MLS as an active inspection. This is something only the realtors see. Showings are at your discretion during this process
    • During the inspection, the expectation is that the realtor, the buyers and the home inspector will all be in the home anywhere from two to three hours
    • It is best if the seller is not home while the home inspection is taking place
    • If you want to list of suggestions of things you can do prior to the inspection, contact Debbie
  • After the inspection has been negotiated and removed, a sold sign will go up and now the house is officially pending
  • The next step is the appraisal and we will leave the lock box on until the appraisal has been completed
    • The appraisal information is no longer shared with us. I will do my best to find out if the appraisal came in and that there aren’t any work orders, but keep in mind that this process usually takes three weeks and I can’t promise that they’ll share the information
    • Our new government regulations prohibit realtors from contacting the appraisers and asking them about the value. I have to go through the buyer’s lender
  • Once the inspection is finished, deliver your abstract, any title information and loan information to the title or attorney’s office that is representing you
  • At this time if you know your schedule you can schedule your appointment with the title or attorney company to sign off on the deed
  • You do not need to attend the buyer’s closing as you will sign off on the deed ahead of time. Once the buyer has closed, Debbie and/or the closer will contact you
  • Depending on the time of day that the buyer closes, your check for your proceeds may be available the day of or it may go into the next business day.
  • In the event that you are bringing cash to close, please contact the attorney or title company ahead of time (two weeks or more before the closing) and they will work out the details on the best way to do this
  • Either the day of or the day before, the buyer along with the realtor will do a final walk through of your house. The reason for doing this is to make sure that there haven’t been any substantial changes done to the house since they made the offer
    • If there are any changes, please bring it to my attention as I will need to notify the other agent and change our disclosure statement
  • On the day that you close and sign documents, bring your driver’s license for proof of id
  • Please leave any extra keys and garage remotes you may have inside the home
  • Regarding the pending process, there can be delays due to the buyer’s loan or other circumstances and there is no guarantee it is going to. We will do our best to walk you through the process in representing you and keep you updated as information is given to us. Fall throughs are very rare but it can happen

My business depends on referrals. One of the greatest compliments I can receive is a recommendation from you. If you know of anyone who is thinking buying or selling a house, have them give me a call or visit my website at www.debbiequimby.com

 

-Debbie Quimby