5 days to a smooth move

This is a day by day checklist to help make your transition as smooth as possible during th final week in your old house:

 

DAY FOUR   - SCHEDULE FINAL UTILITY METER READINGS FOR DAY OF CLOSING

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Water
  • Sewer

In case you are at the closing while the meter readers come, arrange for a friend, relative, or neighbor to be there while you are out of the house.  This will eliminate and discrepencies over future utility bills sent to the new homeowner.  It has happened in the past, so be prepared. 

DAY THREE -  NEW ADDRESS ISSUES

  • Visit the post office and arrange for all mail to be forwarded to your new address
  • Cancel Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions
  • Cancel Cable TV
  • Cancel Trash Collection
  • Cancel Telephone/Internet Wi-Fi Connection

DAY TWO - COMMUNICATION

  • Talk to your attorney and sales professional to make sure that all necessary paperwork will be ready for closing.  Last minute items such as an HOA bill can sometimes come up.  Your sale professional may also need separate paperwork that may have been missed to be completed as well.

DAY ONE - THE DAY BEFORE -  DOCUMENTS

  • Talk to your Realtor or Attorney about receiving a copy of the estimated proceeds (also called a HUD statement).  You are entitled to this document by law (24 hours before the closing takes place).   Check to make sure that all figures including fees & tax adjustments, are correct.  Your sales professional should also be double checking the figures as well.   
  • Gather all documents you are expected to bring to the closing.  This may include:
  • Paid Property Tax Receipts
  • Property Survey
  • Copy of any liens on the property, including the mortgage
  • Drivers Licences for each signer

Check with your Realtor or Attorney for a list of items they will need.  Having to bring documents after the closing takes place is sometimes pestulous for all parties involved.  It is better to be prepared, than not.

  CLOSING DAY - FINALLY! 

  • Sweep out the house, and make certain that all your belongings are out.
  • When you leave for the closing make certain that you have all keys and garage door openers, as well as the documents needed to close.
  • After the closing is completed, call your insurance agent to cancel your homeowners insurance.  Make sure the buyer has also closed before proceeding with this step
  • Once papers have been signed, proceed to your new property and pour yourself a glass of whatever to celebrate!  CONGRATULATIONS!

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