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Four Days Before
Schedule final utility meter readings for day of closing, including:   
  • gas/fuel oil
  • electricity
  • water/sewer

Three Days Before
  • Go to the post office and arrange for mail to be forwarded to new address.
  • Transfer or cancel newspaper subscriptions, cable TV service, telephone and garbage

Two Days Before
Talk to the title officer, your lawyer, and your agent to verify that all necessary paperwork
will be ready for your closing.

The Day Before
  • Pick up a written copy of your estimated closing costs from the closing officer, or
    have your agent do it - you're entitled to it by law.  Check to make sure all fees, tax
    adjustments, and other charges are correct.
  • Gather all the documents you are expected to bring to the closing, such as:   
           - paid property tax receipts (Seller)
           - property survey
           - copies of your mortgage and any other liens on the property (Seller)

Closing Day
  • Before you leave, sweep out the house and make certain all personal property is out.
  • When you leave for the closing, make sure you have your documents, form of valid
    ID (driver’s license), and all house keys and garage door openers.
  • Immediately after the closing is completed, call your insurance agent and cancel your
    homeowner's policy (seller's).

To download or print a version of the checklist,
click here.  To learn more about what will
take place at the closing table, go to our
closing details page.
5 Days to a Smooth Closing