It seems homes in Brookings & the surrounding area are being bought the second they’re listed. And you think yours will be the same, right? Maybe, Maybe not!  Here are some steps to help with that process.

Gather your closing papers.

Hopefully you or your closing agent will keep all of your documents in one place. You may or may not need them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Notify people you’re moving

With everything going on, even the simple things can slip your mind. Especially the change of address form! It’s available at the nearest Post Office, or even online for convenience!

Cancel your insurance

You better wait until the title has transferred or the deed has been recorded; otherwise, you may be financially responsible for problems! Another way to make things easier (and possibly cheaper) – combine your home and auto insurance at one place.

Cancel utilities

Let your local utility know you’re moving, and again when you’ve moved out. If not, they’ll keep charging you even after you’re gone.

Let’s clean things up

If you don’t have time to do it, hire a cleaning professional. You’ll feel better leaving it spic and span for the new homeowners. Much like you’d like to move in somewhere that been cleaned.

Leave keys, shut off valves, and look again…one last time

Even though the locks will more than likely be changed, initially, they’ll need the keys. You can always shut off the main water valve, and/or go to each toilet and sink and shut them off. And lastly, don’t leave anything behind (unless it’s in the agreement and clear it with your real estate agent). Don’t assume that the new homeowners want your old garden tools or cleaning products. Then, go ahead and close everything up.

Thinking of moving to this area? Brookings, Volga, Aurora, and other surrounding communities in South Dakota are perfect places to consider making your permanent residence. Not to mention, when you come home at the end of the day, you’re coming home to your home.

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