Preparing for Closing

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When closing on a property, there is more than just the paperwork and the signing. Selling your home has many moving pieces and many people involved. That is why preparing for closing is crucial for it to run smooth.

Closing check list






Utility Providers

Closing Checklist


You would think this would be a no brainer, but many sellers leave only the front door keys. Forgetting the many other doors in the house have key access.

  • Garage
  • Backdoor
  • Shed
  • Interior doors
  • Other outside building or second garage


Replace the light bulbs or provide the new buyer with the NAME of the device they will need to control the lights and other functions of the house

Alexa, Google Home, or other internet home voice activated devices

Voice activated devices have passwords and set up processes the new buyer may not be able to do until their internet or devices arrive – DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN THE DARK


Seems straight forward, but with moving and people coming in and out of the house, many people forget to leave the home clean for the buyers.

There are cleaning companies that you can hire that can come into an empty house and get it done quickly or within reasonable time to let your buyer come into a clean home


Much like the inside of the house, a maintained yard can also add to the welcome feel

Maintain your yard

If you have dogs, PICK UP THE POOP!!!!! Do not leave your dogs poop to be picked up by someone else


Garage door remotes

Front door or other door keypad codes

Garage door keypad codes

Instruction manuals and warranties

Utility providers

Leave names and numbers of your utility providers

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Garbage

What is also helpful is if you have local repair people or maintenance people you used on these items, provide their names and numbers

If you have the booklets that came with the appliances, furnace, hot water tank, water softener, fireplace, pool, well, septic or other feature, place them in a drawer that would be easy to find – this helps a new buyer ease into the home faster

Prepared for Closing

There are so many moving pieces when it comes to moving from your home. We hope it can be as enjoyable to you as it is to the new buyers. It can be a stressful time, but with the right organization and enough time (time can be the issue), your move out and the new buyers move it can be a memorable day.


If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realtyat 248-294-7849 or via email: 

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

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3275 Martin Parkway, Ste. 125, Walled Lake, MI 48390

Preparing For Closing