Home Buyers: Details Prior to Closing Escrow

We know the escrow process is tedious with all the paperwork, inspections, deadlines, etc, but there are few things that you need to remember prior to closing escrow to make sure the transition into your new home is as smooth as possible. 

1. Schedule Utilities: 

Make sure to transfer the gas, electricity, water, trash, and other utilities into your name at your new address. You don’t want to be in a situation where you are without power or gas for a few days, so make sure you coordinate this with the current homeowners. 

2. Change mailing Address

We recommend doing this at least two weeks prior to you taking full time occupancy at your new home. It can take a few weeks to implement into the mailing system, so you want to make sure you are doing it in advance enough so you aren’t constantly retrieving mail from your old home. 

You can do so by going to to your local post office and requesting a Mover’s Guide or Online here: https://www.usa.gov/post-office

3. Schedule Locksmith:

You will most likely want to re-key your new home. You don’t know who the previous owners gave keys to and you will most likely want to make sure all the locks throughout the home are cohesive. To make the process seamless, you will want to schedule the locksmith to come at the same time you officially get the keys to your new home! 

4. Schedule Movers:

Unless you are buying furnished and all you need to bring is your toothbrush, we recommend hiring movers well in advanced. Make sure you have them come to your home and give you an estimate on the current furniture you have. This way, you can get an idea of things you should move and items you should donate or sell. 

5. Schedule WiFi and Television Provider

First, you should do some research as to which providers operate in your new location. After getting some pricing, schedule them to come out. Often times they can’t be scheduled for weeks at a time, or cancel last minute so it is important to prepare for this. 

If you’re thinking about moving or buying a new home, head over to our contact page and we can set you up with a step by step guide as to how to minimize your stress and make the process go as smoothly as possible.