How to prepare for day of closing

by Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate 03/21/2024

At the end of a long homebuying process, you’ll finally reach your goal: the day of closing. However, even though you’re at the finish line, closing on a new home is a process itself.

There are many steps to finalize your home purchase and just as many opportunities for delay. To make sure you’re prepared for closing day, here is a guide of what to have with you:

Photo ID

On closing day, you’ll need to confirm the identity of everybody named on the loan. If more than one person is listed, make sure they have their form of photo identification to show the title company.

Cash to close

Cash to close refers to the final closing costs you need to pay. Request a cashier’s check from your bank that covers final costs like down payment, prepaid interest, property taxes and insurance fees.

Closing disclosure

The closing disclosure is essential to finalizing your loan process. These documents include the final terms and details of your mortgage loan. Your lender can provide you with this information a few business days before closing.

Proof of insurance

Bring proof of your homeowners insurance policy at closing. Lenders require proof of insurance as a condition of loan approval. Have a copy of your policy declaration page from your insurance provider to show your mortgage lender.

Your real estate agent

Closing day is made up of several important legal transactions, and it’s important to have professional representation. Your real estate agent should be there to protect your interests and provide any guidance during the closing process.

Closing on a home is a major event. Not only is it the final step of your long buying process, it’s a process in itself. Remember this guide when preparing for closing day to ensure it goes smoothly and quickly.

About the Author

Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate

Bringing more than 30 years of experience to the table, Cheryl has a paralegal degree, banking background, and is a member of many professional, civic, and community organizations.

Qualified • Experienced • Skilled

"As a full-time REALTOR®, I am dedicated to providing my clients with a high level of service by building relationships, marketing, and negotiating on their behalf. As a homeowner, I realize how important homeownership is.

Cheryl brings warmth and compassion to her client relationships and referrals have become the backbone of her business. "I’m grateful for every referral and welcome the opportunity to help clients achieve their real estate goals.”

Cheryl Pendenza, Broker Associate affiliated with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services since 1999 is a local businesswoman and formidable negotiator who can help you achieve your real estate goals. Supporting family, community and local business is important to Cheryl and she can often be found at one of the local restaurants, shops, or galleries.