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Closing Checklist — Seller Version

As a listing agent (representing the Seller), I’m not a “Mother Hen” when it comes to most closing details.

checklistThat is to say, I trust my clients to empty out their homes in a timely fashion; arrange for any needed cleaning and/or repairs (see below); give notice to utilities; line up movers, etc.

But I’m certainly available if there are any questions.

Agent Duties

What’s left?

Actually, plenty.

My standard list includes:  reviewing the closing worksheet (called the HUD-1) with my client ahead of time; coordinating the walk-thru inspection with the Buyer’s agent; documenting for the Buyer any repairs that the Buyer and Seller negotiated as part of the Buyer’s inspection; and making sure the Seller knows what physical items (copies of keys, garage door openers, warranties and manuals, etc.) to bring to closing.

One Last, Little Detail . .  .

keysOh . . . and one more thing:  confirming that the Seller knows where to go.

Sellers often assume that the closing will take place in their agent’s office (notwithstanding any notices to the contrary).

In fact, the convention is to hold the closing in the office of the Buyer’s title company.

That’s because the Buyer has more to sign — and the Buyer’s closer needs access to their PC’s and copy machine(s) for any last minute tweaks, and to give everyone their own set of closing doc’s afterwards (so much for paper-less).

See also, “Home Closing Checklist, Updated“; “Closing Headaches — Exhibit A.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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