I’m about to close on a mortgage. What should I do before, during, and after the mortgage closing?
Make sure you’re prepared for each step of the closing. Follow the steps below, and download the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s closing checklist.
Before the closing:
- Make sure you receive your closing documents in advance (either electronic or paper copies) so that you can review them. Your lender is required to send you your Closing Disclosure at least three business days before closing, and you can request the rest of your closing documents in advance. It’s especially important for you to review the Closing Disclosure, the promissory note, mortgage, initial escrow disclosure, and the notice of right to cancel for refinances.
- Carefully review all documents that you receive to make sure that the terms of your mortgage have not changed without your knowledge. For example, compare the closing cost items listed on your Loan Estimate to those on the Closing Disclosure. Make sure your closing costs have not increased by more than what is allowed.
- Ask your lender or settlement agent about any fees you do not understand.
- You should also review the Closing Disclosure to ensure that the payments are what you expected. Your promissory note further describes your legal obligations.
- Make any arrangements to transition from your current home to your new home. This includes signing up for essential services like gas, electric, or water connections. You don’t have to do this at closing, but may want to contact the providers a few days prior to closing.
During the closing:
Review the documents for accuracy and ask any questions you have.
After the closing:
- You’ve agreed to make your mortgage payments on time each month. Understand when your first payment is due and whether you’ll be paying it online or with a check.
- Make sure to file a change of address with:
- Your bank
- Credit card companies
- Investment or retirement account companies
- Student loan servicers
- Car loan servicers
- Department of Motor Vehicles for car registration
- Health insurance company
- Car insurance company
- Cell phone company
- Newspaper and magazine providers
- Any other services that may need to send you bills or statements
- Get accustomed to your new budget and save money using your budget for home repairs.
- If you’re not paying your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance monthly through an escrow arrangement, start setting aside money to pay these bills when they arrive.
- Understand that your property taxes may increase over time.