Closing Checklist for Sellers

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

1. Clean the entire house, including inside drawers and cabinets.

2. Close utility accounts and have them shut off on the day of closing.

3. 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.

4. Create a packet of appliance manuals, service contracts, warranties, etc. and place them in the same drawer.

5. Visit usps.com/manage/forward.htm to direct the post office to forward your mail. Also, consider leaving a large, stamped envelop that’s addressed to your new home so the buyers can forward any important mail that ends up at your former home.

6. Cancel newspaper subscriptions, if you have any.

7. Do a final sweep of every drawer, cabinet and surface to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.

8. Lock up the house, turn off the lights and close the blinds on the way out.

9. 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

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