Knowing what to expect when you purchase a home can help make the whole process smoother. Here are five steps to making your move a positive experience.
Call your utility providers.
At least a week before you move, call the electric company and other utility providers so that they'll transition service from the previous owner on moving day.
Allow extra time for the movers.
It's common for closings to be delayed from a few hours to a few days due to last minute title issues or other paperwork. If you have the time flexibility, you might want to book the movers for a day or two after closing day, just in case. It's incredibly frustrating to home buyers to have a moving truck waiting, only to find out the closing is delayed.
In general, home sellers are required to leave the house in "broom swept" condition when they move out. This does not mean it's sparkling clean. Many buyers prefer to schedule cleaners so the home looks spotless when you walk in the door.
Be prepared for last-minute expenses.
Minor expenses often crop up at closing. For example, it's customary for home sellers to charge back the buyer for small items such as excess oil in the oil tank, or overpayments they've made on taxes, water, or sewer bills. Sometimes these fees are wrapped into the mortgage, and other times the buyer must write a check at closing.
Ask for copies of manuals, warranties, etc.
Ask the sellers for documentation they may have for operating and maintaining systems in the home, such as central air, sprinkler systems, security systems, and more.
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