Investing In A Better Home

What Your Real Estate Agent Needs You To Bring To Closing

As its name suggests, the closing is the end of the home-selling process. When you get to the point of closing on your home, you probably feel like celebrating. Your property will be officially transferred to the home buyer, and you will receive the proceeds from the sale of your home. All parties involved have a vested interest in making sure the closing runs smoothly. If you plan on buying a new home with the money you get from the sale, it is especially important to dot all your i's and cross all your t's! Here are the things you must bring along to the closing of your home.


Bring copies of keys to all areas of your home. Not only do you need to bring the keys to the locks on your front door, but you should also bring any additional keys that the new homeowner may need. These can include keys to the back door with a different lock, the garage door, safes that are a part of the home, tool sheds, and individual room keys within the home. Some home sellers just have the primary door keys, but others with extras should be sure to include them. You also want to bring along any extra copies of the house key. Most home buyers will replace locks as soon as they own the home, but you still need to deliver all the keys to them.

New Owner's Necessities

Keys aren't the only thing that the new homeowner will need to make themselves feel at home in the house. You also need to supply the new homeowners with garage door openers that they may need unless other arrangements have been made. You will want to give them all codes for keyless entries into the home as well as all codes for the alarm system. It can also be helpful for you to provide other basic codes and information that they may find helpful. Be sure to write down other information for the new owners like the number of mailboxes and their location if more than one.

Government ID

When you go to your home closing, you will need to bring a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state ID, or a passport. Although backup forms of identification such as a birth certificate, social security card, and school ID are helpful, you will need to bring a government-issued photo ID that is approved by the bank in order to have a successful closing. If in doubt, call the bank and ask ahead of time.

Finally, keep in mind that your closing day is an exciting day for the buyer and real estate agents. You are not going to be the only person who is thrilled and greatly anticipating the closing. Try to stay focused and professional at the closing, and leave the celebrations for after the closing has been completed. By making sure that you bring all the necessary things to a closing, you can help ensure its success. 

For more information, talk to an agent such as those at Cudd Realty.

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Investing In A Better Home

Few things are more overwhelming than choosing your first home. I would know, because I purchased my first place about a year ago. When we first moved in, we realized that there were a few things that we were going to need to change. Even though we had carefully looked over the listing and walked through the property, the house was riddled with problems like broken outlets, bad paint jobs, and even broken plumbing fixtures. Fortunately, we learned how to fix things on our own, which has saved us a lot of money. This blog is all about real estate, DIY projects, and the joy of home ownership.