For Beacon Hill condo sellers, the 30-45 days time frame from accepting an offer on their Boston condominium until closing at escrow is crucial. Here’s how to make that final closing as smooth as possible.
Seller Closing Checklist:
- Get any negotiated repair work done long before the closing date. If your Beacon Hill real estate agent hasn’t already warned you, it can be tough finding contractors like plumbers and electricians, or even just a handy-person to work on homes in Beacon Hill. We’re in a labor shortage and wait times can often be weeks long. If your contract with the buyers says that you’ll complete certain repairs before closing, schedule them as soon as possible.
- Reconsider what you leave behind. Generally, all permanently installed fixtures of the Beacon Hill home stay with the home, and you can negotiate with the buyers if they want things like the washer and dryer. A lot of sellers, however, assume that buyers want things they likely should get rid of: patio furniture, old pots, old doors or windows from a long-ago remodel. The buyer seeing these items during the final walk-through probably won’t derail the home sale, but as a courtesy to the home’s new owners, dispose of them unless they have specifically asked for them to be conveyed. If in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to ask, talk with the buyers first.
- Wait until after the closing to transfer utilities and cancel insurance. Even if you’re already moved out of the home, don’t cancel the utilities. Once the title is transferred to the new owner, the utilities can be switched over to their name without an interruption in service (this is how things are normally done unless you and your buyer have worked out a different arrangement). Homeowners insurance is ok to completely cancel, but only once the sale is formally recorded. It is unsafe and unwise to leave a home sitting uninsured.
- Retain the closing documents. You’ll be handed (emailed) a completed package of paperwork including the closing statement, the purchase contract, and more at the final closing. Save these documents. Real estate experts recommend keeping them at least ten years. You will need it if you ever plan to refinance, you might need it for your tax return, and more.
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