Preparing for Close Beyond the Paperwork

When you are getting ready to close on your home, there is more than just the paperwork and the signing. Selling your home has many moving pieces and many people focus on the end, which is normal, but WAIT…THERE IS MORE.

As you are getting closer to closing, there are several things you may want to get together for the new buyer.

  • Garage door remotes
  • Garage door keypad codes
    • If you have the instructions on how to change the code, this will save the buyer from going on YouTube and trying to figure it out
  • Front door or other door keypad codes
    • Homes are evolving into more technologically advanced places to live
  • Keys
    • You would think this would be normal, but many sellers leave the general front door keys, but have many other doors in the house that have key access.
      • Garage
      • Backdoor
      • Shed
      • Other outside building or second garage
      • Interior doors
    • Instruction manuals and warranties
      • 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
      • What is also helpful is if you have local repair people or maintenance people you used on these items, provide their names and numbers
    • Alexa, Google Home, or other internet home voice activated devices
      • 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
      • 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
    • Utility providers
      • Leave names and numbers of your utility providers
        • Gas
        • Electric
        • Cable
        • Internet
        • Garbage
      • Clean the home
        • 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
      • Maintain your yard
        • Much like the inside of the house, a maintained yard can also add to the welcome feel
        • If you have dogs, PICK UP THE POOP!!!!! Do not leave your dogs poop to be picked up by someone else

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 Realty at 248-294-7849 or via email at

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.