Seller Guide

Selling your property involves a seemingly endless number of details. This guide is designed to make the process easier to navigate and understand. We hope it serves as a valuable reference, from hiring a realtor® to handing over the keys.
7. HOMESTRETCH CHECKLIST

 

Closing is in a couple of weeks. We’re on the home stretch! Here is a checklist we hope you’ll find helpful. Not only should it make this stressful time easier, you’ll feel good when it’s time to hand over the keys—and so will your buyers. Leave yourself plenty of time to make this happen—it always takes longer than you expect!

 

 

  • WINDOW TREATMENTS. Curtain hardware is a fixture, and stays with the house. Curtains can come with you. If you don’t want them, we will find out if the buyers would like them. Otherwise, simply remove them. Blinds and window shades stay.
  • PICTURE HOOKS. Remove all picture hooks.
  • PAINT, ETC. Old paint, stain, and other household hazardous materials (solvents, pesticides, household cleaners, etc.) should be disposed of. See this hyperlink for proper handling instructions >>.
    Find out if buyer wants recent paint/stain (for touch ups). Leave any paint color information for buyer.
  • SMOKE & CO DETECTORS. You must obtain a Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Certificate of Compliance from your Fire Chief, to be delivered at closing. The Fire Chief will make sure the units are installed everywhere they are supposed to be, are functioning, and are not too old. If your detectors are hardwired, you will need to hire an electrician to make any updates required. If your (hardwired) system is connected to an alarm company, you will have to hire the alarm company to test the system for the fire chief. We are happy to help you prepare for your appointment with the Fire Chief. This link >> provides the details.
  • UTILITIES & SERVICES. Arrange to close your utility and service accounts as of closing day. Inform all providers you are moving. In case there is snow, make sure your plow service stays active through closing day. Helpful hint: Plan for a final mow/yard maintenance appointment a few days before closing.
  • DSL SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: If you have Verizon DSL, DO NOT cancel service before making careful arrangements with your buyer. If you cancel your DSL, the buyer may not be able to get internet service. (We know this from experience!)
  • HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. End your insurance the day after closing.
  • FUEL. Check with your attorney and/or realtor for instructions regarding topping off your fuel. In most cases, you will fill your oil or propane tank the week before closing, and the buyer will pay for a full tank at closing. Occasionally, the fuel gauge is read, and the buyers pay for a partial tank.
  • FOR WOOD/PELLET STOVES. If you don’t have a permit (and haven’t been able to get one from the building inspector) disconnect the stove. (See more in Additional Details in Section 2 of this guide.)
  • IF LEAVING FURNISHINGS FOR BUYER. Make sure movers don’t inadvertently remove furnishings you are leaving for the buyer by marking them accordingly.
  • MANUALS. Gather any warrantees and instruction manuals, and leave them in one place for the buyer.
  • KEYS, CODES, & REMOTE CONTROLS. Gather and organize all keys, garage door openers, and/or remote controls (for gas fireplaces, air conditioners, fans, skylights, etc.) for closing. If there are any keypad codes, jot them down to pass along to the buyers at closing.
  • PREPARE FOR WALK THROUGH. Buyers will schedule a walk-through to take place within 24 hours of closing—most often, the morning of. The contract specifies that the property be left broom clean, with all personal property and rubbish removed. Remember—this applies to the attic, basement and garage, too. This may seem obvious, but we want to avoid the stress of having to scramble for additional moving equipment, cleaners, or trash removal, on the morning of closing.

 

Guides written by Barney Stein,

LVRE agent since 2007

7. HOMESTRETCH CHECKLIST

 

Closing is in a couple of weeks. We’re on the home stretch! Here is a checklist we hope you’ll find helpful. Not only should it make this stressful time easier, you’ll feel good when it’s time to hand over the keys—and so will your buyers. Leave yourself plenty of time to make this happen—it always takes longer than you expect!

 

 

  • WINDOW TREATMENTS. Curtain hardware is a fixture, and stays with the house. Curtains can come with you. If you don’t want them, we will find out if the buyers would like them. Otherwise, simply remove them. Blinds and window shades stay.
  • PICTURE HOOKS. Remove all picture hooks.
  • PAINT, ETC. Old paint, stain, and other household hazardous materials (solvents, pesticides, household cleaners, etc.) should be disposed of. See this hyperlink for proper handling instructions >>.
    Find out if buyer wants recent paint/stain (for touch ups). Leave any paint color information for buyer.
  • SMOKE & CO DETECTORS. You must obtain a Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Certificate of Compliance from your Fire Chief, to be delivered at closing. The Fire Chief will make sure the units are installed everywhere they are supposed to be, are functioning, and are not too old. If your detectors are hardwired, you will need to hire an electrician to make any updates required. If your (hardwired) system is connected to an alarm company, you will have to hire the alarm company to test the system for the fire chief. We are happy to help you prepare for your appointment with the Fire Chief. This link >> provides the details.
  • UTILITIES & SERVICES. Arrange to close your utility and service accounts as of closing day. Inform all providers you are moving. In case there is snow, make sure your plow service stays active through closing day. Helpful hint: Plan for a final mow/yard maintenance appointment a few days before closing.
  • DSL SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: If you have Verizon DSL, DO NOT cancel service before making careful arrangements with your buyer. If you cancel your DSL, the buyer may not be able to get internet service. (We know this from experience!)
  • HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. End your insurance the day after closing.
  • FUEL. Check with your attorney and/or realtor for instructions regarding topping off your fuel. In most cases, you will fill your oil or propane tank the week before closing, and the buyer will pay for a full tank at closing. Occasionally, the fuel gauge is read, and the buyers pay for a partial tank.
  • FOR WOOD/PELLET STOVES. If you don’t have a permit (and haven’t been able to get one from the building inspector) disconnect the stove. (See more in Additional Details in Section 2 of this guide.)
  • IF LEAVING FURNISHINGS FOR BUYER. Make sure movers don’t inadvertently remove furnishings you are leaving for the buyer by marking them accordingly.
  • MANUALS. Gather any warrantees and instruction manuals, and leave them in one place for the buyer.
  • KEYS, CODES, & REMOTE CONTROLS. Gather and organize all keys, garage door openers, and/or remote controls (for gas fireplaces, air conditioners, fans, skylights, etc.) for closing. If there are any keypad codes, jot them down to pass along to the buyers at closing.
  • PREPARE FOR WALK THROUGH. Buyers will schedule a walk-through to take place within 24 hours of closing—most often, the morning of. The contract specifies that the property be left broom clean, with all personal property and rubbish removed. Remember—this applies to the attic, basement and garage, too. This may seem obvious, but we want to avoid the stress of having to scramble for additional moving equipment, cleaners, or trash removal, on the morning of closing.

 

Guides written by Barney Stein,

LVRE agent since 2007

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