ReMax Ottawa Final Closing CheckList

6 06 2013

remax ottawa real estateMany Ottawa Real Estate Sellers  believe that most of the work is done once they receive a signed purchase offer from the buyer; however, it is important to note that there are still some vital steps to follow between the time that the buyer makes a purchase offer and the time you walk out of the final closing.

From inspections to appraisals, there are a lot of steps to take in between, for example, when preparing for the final closing, it is extremely helpful if you follow these steps.

Selling Your ReMax Ottawa Real Estate

Every home seller should run through a final checklist after they have removed all of their personal belongings from their home but before they attend the final closing. By making sure all of these things have been done, sellers will ensure a smooth transition for both themselves and the buyer.

Here is what you should do before you step foot in the final closing:

  • Safeguard such important documents as your purchase contract, addendums and executed seller disclosures. You never know when you’re going to need these documents again so make sure they’re organized and put away for safe keeping.
  • Clean the House. It’s just common courtesy to leave you house in the way you would want to find it as a buyer. consider hiring a professional cleaning service if you just don’t have time to do it yourself.
  • Turn off all of the shut-off valves in your home. There would be nothing worse than the buyer to walk  into their new home for the first time and find  a flood from a small unknown leak or an unexpected freeze. Turn off all of the shut-off valves but make sure to leave a note so the seller knows why the water isn’t working.
  • Show up for the final walk-through. You’ll want to be on hand to answer any questions the buyers have. This is a great opportunity to share with the buyer any tips about living in the home that you think will be of use – such as how to open the temperamental doorknob in the guest bedroom, or where the stud you
  • Cancel all of your insurance policies. However, make sure you do this only after you know the deed has been recorded and the title transfer has officially occurred. Depending on when you sell your house, you may receive a prepaid premium refund on your homeowner’s insurance.
  • Make sure to cancel your subscriptions and request a change of address from the postal office. This includes utilities, cable, newspaper and any other subscriptions you may have.
  • Leave behind your house keys, remotes, mailbox keys, etc. While the buyer is more than likely going to have the locks changed, it’s helpful to provide them all of the keys you’re aware of in one place for them.
  • Give your cabinets, drawers and storage spaces one last look over. Make sure you’re not leaving behind any of your personal belongings. Take the time to look everywhere – or else you may regret leaving something behind.
  • Close the home’s curtains and blinds and lock the door. Make sure the home is secure for when the new home buyer arrives for the first time.

Expert ReMax Ottawa REALTOR®

If you just listed your Ottawa real estate on the Ottawa ReMax MLS Search, then you may be a few months away from needing this checklist; so keep this saved somewhere to refer to later! Of course, if you use an experienced team of Realtors, like the Bobbie and Geoff McGowan Ottawa Real Estate team, you won’t have to worry about remembering to do these things; we will take care of letting you know just the steps to follow throughout your real estate transaction to ensure a smooth transition.

Contact our Remax Ottawa team  today to learn how I can work effectively for you to ensure that you sell your property in a short amount of time and for the best price possible.

Until next time,




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