Thursday, August 28, 2008

Steps to get you to the finish line!

We know that selling your home can be a very stressful time. From deciding on a price you’re willing to accept to preparing the property for inspection and finally accepting an offer, this process can leave you feeling very drained. The problem is that the sale is just the beginning and the biggest job is yet to come… that’s right… the move!

At Toop&Toop we’ve put together a bit of checklist to assist you during this time and ensure no task is accidentally overlooked – here is your…
Countdown to Settlement

4 weeks to go
• Appoint a Conveyancer for the transaction of the property & notify your Sales Partner of their details.
• If you require finance for your own purchase, lodge your application immediately.

3 weeks to go
• Follow up with your broker or bank to check how your loan approval is going.

2 weeks to go
• Confirm the unconditional sale contract.
• Start packing & Book the removalists!
• Your Conveyancer will send you the Transfer of Land Documents to sign.

1 week to go
• Mortgage documents for purchase should be ready for signing with your financier.
• As the Vendor, Issue instructions regarding the method of payment of the sale’s net proceeds for after settlement has been completed.
• Confirm access arrangements to your new property with your sales partner in relation to collection of keys. Hand over of your property should be scheduled for the day of settlement by your Conveyancer, this generally occurs by 12 noon.
• Book final accounts for: Electricity, Gas, Telephone, Alarm Monitoring & Cable/Pay TV.

2 days to go
• Make sure you are completely packed and ready to move house – somehow it always takes longer than you think!
• Remove all rubbish and ensure we have a set of keys for hand over at our Toop&Toop office.
• Your Conveyancer will advise when settlement has been booked.

Settlement & Moving day
• Ensure that the property is completely vacated and cleaned by settlement time, and that all agreed fixtures & fittings remain in the property according to the contract.
• Organise for property keys to be available at Toop&Toop and instruct your Conveyancer to contact our office as soon as settlement has occurred to enable key release.
• Your pets may require special care – don’t forget it is a traumatic time for them as well.
It is a good idea to pack any small children’s toys or personal possessions separately, so they can be easily accessed upon arrival at your new home. This can ease the process of moving for them.

We hope this takes a little of the stress out of moving house – Good luck!

Mandy Wurth, Sales General Manager

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