If you have made it this far, it is almost time to celebrate, but there are still a few more items to check off until your property is officially sold. Check with your agent to clarify all items are in order, so you can tie up these loose ends. We will make sure everything is ready for a seamless and stress-free closing day.Final Walk-Through Inspection
Either the day of closing, or the day before, the buyer will have the final walk-through inspection. This is to verify the property is still in the condition outlined in the Purchase Agreement, there are no new issues, and no items have been left behind from the seller.Cancel Home Services and Utilities
After the closing, we will provide a helpful list of numbers for the cancellation of home service and utilities.Be Prepared
Even during this last stage, unexpected issues may arise, but do not worry. We will help you through any unforeseen problems. If the buyer’s loan does not process on time or an appliance on the property breaks, we know what to do. We have encountered these glitches before, so we know how to handle them effectively. We will get you back on track in a timely and stress-free manner.Closing
After the final inspection, you, the buyer, and the closing agent will sign the settlement agreement, which details the financial transactions enacted through the process to certify accuracy. If you are unable to attend the closing, then you can make arrangements depending on the circumstances and notice given to all parties. If you are receiving funds, you can have them wired electronically to an account at your financial institution, or you can have the buyer issue a check at your closing. Make sure to arrange to have all property keys and other pertinent information for the buyer at the closing. Once everything is signed, you have officially sold your property.
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Tips For Selling
Give your house a deep clean
First impressions mean everything. Before you decide to list your home, give it a deep clean. This means cleaning toilets, wiping down surfaces, mopping floors, cleaning rugs and scrubbing bathrooms - and even consider calling in the professionals to ensure that your home is in the best condition it can possibly be.
Declutter the home
When a home is clutter-free, buyers are able to focus on the actual home instead of on the piles of mail, laundry, and general mess in your home. Potential buyers want to envision their items on your counter versus resisting the urge to clean up your mess. Decluttering and organizing your space will go a long way in appealing to potential buyers.
Call a handyman
When selling a house, you should make sure everything that needs to be fixed has been taken care of before listing a home. Potential buyers will come into your home knowing you took care of it, giving them more peace of mind.
Paint the walls
Not only is painting a great way to clean up the walls but making the overall color scheme neutral will increase the appeal to potential buyers, making it easier for them to envision their belongings in the house - get rid of any bright, outdated paint colors and go with a neutral palette throughout the house.
Staged homes tend to fill quickly because they feel homier - if you have neutral furniture that you can leave in the home, do it, otherwise consider a professional staging company.Depersonalize your home
You want to leave a few nice, framed photos around the house to make the home appear inviting and lived in, but in general, removing your very personal items, such as family photos will let the potential buyers see their photos in those places, versus yours.