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What to ask the sellers after closing

November 1st, 2012

I can’t believe they left me a pile of trash, I thought. My wife and I had just closed on our first home and walked into our new kitchen to find papers, booklets, cans of paint, and other items stacked on the counter.

But it wasn’t trash. The sellers had left us manuals to the appliances, previous utility bills, cans of paint for each of the house’s interior and exterior colors, and a hand-drawn map of the sprinkler system’s zones. Plus, they wrote down their new phone number and said to call with any questions.

At the time, I thought it was a nice gesture. Now, after living in the home for seven years, I realize how indispensable that information has been – and I wish I’d asked for more.

So after you shake hands with the sellers at the closing, ask them to share their knowledge about the house.

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