How do I prepare to close my home purchase?

Plan ahead for closing day

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Finding a home to buy and negotiating the purchase contract are the toughest parts of the home buying process for most people. But, if you don't plan ahead, and carefully monitor your home purchases transaction, you could find could find trouble ahead. The first thing you should do after your offer is accepted is review the contract and make a list of important dates. These will include such things as the contract contingency deadlines and the actual closing date. If you and the seller countered back and forth before arriving at a mutually acceptable contract, these dates may have changed from the original draft of the contract. Most home purchase contracts include an inspection contingency. It's wise to complete a home inspection as soon as you can. This way you'll have time to order further inspections if necessary. When the real estate market is active, you may have difficulty lining up an inspector quickly. It helps if you're working with a real estate agent who has established r...