4 Things To Do Before and After Closing on a House

Buying a Home

4 Things To Do Before and After Closing on a House

August 23, 2021

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Closing a home is the ultimate goal for any home buyer. 

A lot of preparation, research, and effort goes into reaching the final stages of the house closing process. Besides reading through the lines of the contract when finalizing the deal, there are a few simple, but significant things that every homeowner needs to do right before and after closing on a house.

In this post, we will talk about all of those things. Let’s start.

4 Things to Do Before Closing on a House

1. Book The Movers Well In Advance

It’s important that you plan your move as soon as you have a closing date in hand. Searching for a dependable moving company can take a while, and you don’t want to take a wild guess at it. After all, you want a reliable mover to transport your belongings to your new home. 

Even if you are planning to do the transportation on your own, make sure to get the rental truck booked well in advance. You don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you have to beg your friends or relatives for help at the last moment. 

2. Change The Locks

The second important thing that you ought to do once the closing date is finalized, is to book a locksmith appointment as close to the closing date as possible. 

Copies of your home keys might have been distributed to several people, including the seller’s agent, the painter, the contractor who did the repair work, the stager, and so on. To eliminate the risk of an unwanted situation, get the locks changed before you move into the house.

3. Set Up The Utilities 

When you move into a new home, you need to set up basic home utilities like gas, electricity, water, internet, cable TV, and sewer to name the major ones. That’s because there’s a high probability that the previous home owner canceled all utilities them as soon as their contingencies were removed. 

You can talk to your real estate agent to get a list of service providers in the area or you can also ask the previous homeowner. 

It can take a few days for the service provider to process the service request. Therefore, it is always a good idea to contact the service provider at least a week before you intend to move in.

4. A Final Walk-Through 

Most important of all, do take a walk-through of the property before at least 24-hours of the final house closing process to check the condition of the home.

Use it as an opportunity to double-check if the home is in a condition promised to you in the contract and if  the problems found during the home inspection have been taken care of.

What To Do After Closing on a House

Closing on a House

1. Store Copies Of Documents Securely

As we all know, closing involves a lot of paperwork but closing the deal doesn’t mean that you are done with the paperwork. You are going to need these documents in the future whenever you plan to add onto your property.

For instance, if you plan to add a fence to your property in the future, the municipality will ask for the survey map.

A survey map, also referred to as a Property Map, is a detailed ALTA (America Land and Title Association)/NSPS (National Society of Professional Surveyors) Land Title Survey containing information about the property. It includes details like property ownership, rights to use the property, as well as limitations to use the property. 

Therefore, you need to make copies of all of the important documents and keep them in a completely secure place. 

2. Hire A Professional Cleaning Crew 

Don’t expect the seller to clean the home thoroughly. Moving into a house is a lot of work and the last thing any new homeowners want is to discover that they have to delay moving in to clean the house.

Hiring a professional cleaning crew to clean the house before moving in will ensure that your house is in perfect moving in condition.

3. Change Your Address Information 

Now that you have a new place to call home, don’t forget to update your address information on all the important places such as: 

  • Bank
  • Insurance companies
  • Tax agencies 
  • Utility companies
  • Post office 
  • DMV
  • Credit cards 
  • Employer 
  • Friends and family members

You don’t want your important emails and other communications to go undelivered, do you?

4. Create A Home Maintenance List

When you are living in a rental home, you don’t have to worry about home maintenance. The scenario, however, changes as soon as you become a homeowner. 

It’s important that you create a list of home maintenance activities and start doing them. Regular maintenance ensures that you don’t have to worry about any untimely expenses and repairs. 

This will include things like servicing the HVAC, electronic equipment, water heaters, and so on. 

Final thoughts

It’s an amazing feeling to finally close on a home, and prepare to move into a place you can call your own. However, as you can see a lot of planning and work still needs to be done before and after as you take the final steps to closing on a house. The key to making the entire process hassle-free is to always think things ahead. 

If you have found your dream home, and are inching closer to finalizing the deal, then don’t forget to keep these eight important home buyer tips in mind before and after closing on the house. 

All the best!