Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
The week before your home closes will be packed with activities.
Not only will you be preparing for your move out, but you need to get the home ready for the new buyer. In this BLOG, I’m going to give you five important items you can do to ensure your property closes on time.
Number one: Gather all important documents and materials for the buyer
Designate one area in your home, such as the kitchen countertop or top drawer to deposit all personal items that are to be left for the new buyer. This includes garage door openers, landscaping irrigation system instructions, pool/spa operation manual, and security system instructions.
Number two: Complete all agreed buyer requests
Have your listing agent emailing you a list of items you agreed to in the contract to leave or remove from the property. If any non-fixtures were included in the sale, set them aside so they’re not accidentally packed up by your movers. To go one step further, put a note on items to remain so the movers or family members have a clear understanding. This especially goes for appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, and dryers. If possible, supervise the movers when they’re packing up and removing your effects. This way you can ensure that only the correct items are left behind on the property.
Number three: Clean your home
The buyer should be told by their agent that the home they’re purchasing will be left in broom-clean condition. Unfortunately, most sellers have no idea what this means. So, here’s a breakdown of what should be expected. Wipe down the inside of the cupboards, sweep and mop the floors, vacuum the carpets, remove the trash from the property. It’s also a good idea to have the oven and the interior of the refrigerator cleaned. With a California contract, if the seller removes any brackets or picture nails, walls are to be patched but not painted. If you do have the matching paint, it is a nice gesture if you can do a little touch-up work.
Number four: Items you’re leaving
If you are planning to leave any personal items for the buyer that’s not in the contract, make sure your listing agent gets approval from the buyer. Leftover touch up paint and pool chemicals can be helpful for the buyer. However, it’s always a good idea to get this approved via an email.
Number five: Transferring utilities
Finally, plan on leaving utilities in your name until the sale is finalized. The buyer will perform a final walkthrough on your home just before closing and will want to ensure that all the major systems are working. By handling all these, we’ll ensure a successful close and a happy buyer.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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