A home buying checklist, just for you!
- Find and pick your buyer’s agent.
- Find a mortgage broker/lender. Talk to at least 2 different brokers/lenders to see who will give you the best terms and rates. I can recommend one to you, if you’d like, simply go to my resources page on my website: http://www.homesforsalegreenbay.com/resources/
- Turn in your pre-approval letter to your buyer’s agent along with your lender’s contact info.
- Register at my website to get listing alerts for potential homes. http://www.homesforsalegreenbay.com/email-alert-sign-up/
- Look online, attend open houses – but keep in close contact with your buyer’s agent. If you see a home you like, CALL THEM, do not call the listing agent or another agent because you don’t “want to bother your buyer’s agent.” Your job is to bother them 😉
- Do not buy anything expensive or open new credit cards. Continue to pay all your bills on time. And please be careful with your finances until we close.
- Ask your buyer’s agent to send you a copy of the contracts that will be used to purchase your new home. Review them, so when the time comes to put in an offer, you’re more comfortable with the process of putting in an offer. Any questions, ask your buyer’s agent.
To-Do When Offer is Accepted
- Turn in earnest money. This can be a personal check and mailed in. Ask your buyer’s agent where to send it.
- Set up your home inspection asap. Notify your buyer’s agent the date/time so they can clear it with the sellers and listing agent. Make sure you can attend the inspection too. Bring your check book so you can pay the home inspector. A typical home inspection takes about 2 hours. For recommendations on a home inspector, go to my resources page: http://www.homesforsalegreenbay.com/resources/
- Contact your lender to see what they might need from you. Keep your buyer’s agent in the loop of your mortgage process.
- Gather home insurance quotes. (you should do this too, even if you’re paying in cash)
- Tell your landlord, or turn in your 60 day notice to vacate – if you are renting.
- Begin packing. Hire a mover, or hit up your friends. Pizza is a fair trade, right?
- Call WPS and have utilities to be transferred into your name on closing day. Water is automatic when title transfers, so you’re good there.
- Gather funds for the down payment and closing costs.
- Set up the final walk through with your buyer’s agent. This is typically done within 3 days before closing. If you can’t make it, tell your buyer’s agent to go for you.
- CLOSING DAY! Double check that you have your driver’s license and down payment check with you!
- Consider having all locks changed and new keys made. I know a reliable and cheap locksmith if you don’t want to buy all new locks. Change garage keypad passcodes too.