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What To Bring To Closing: A Buyer's Checklist

May 21, 2024 4-minute read

Author: Victoria Araj

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It’s normal to feel nervous during the closing process, especially as your closing day approaches. Because on closing day, you’ll sign the documents that transfer ownership of the house to you. You’ll also pay closing costs, lending fees and any taxes that are due.

If this all seems a bit overwhelming, you can eliminate some of the stress by knowing the exact items you’ll need to bring to the closing table. This will help remove the possibility of any surprises on this final leg of your home buying journey.

Let’s walk through a quick checklist of what you should bring with you to closing day.

1. A Photo ID

The title company running your mortgage loan closing will verify your identity by checking and making copies of a photo ID that you bring to closing day. You can use one of the following to serve as your photo ID:

  • A signed U.S. driver’s license
  • A U.S. ID card
  • A U.S. or foreign passport

Just make sure that everyone listed on the mortgage loan also provides an approved, signed photo ID. The title company is required to verify the identity of every person whose name is on the mortgage.

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2. A Cashier’s Check

You’ll have to pay closing costs, your home’s down payment, prepaid interest and property taxes, and provide proof of homeowners insurance at closing. This money is known as your cash to close, and it’s the total amount you’ll need to bring to close on your mortgage loan.

You can’t simply write a personal check to cover these expenses. Instead, you’ll need a cashier’s check or money wire to pay your closing costs and other fees. Your lender or title insurer will provide the exact figure before closing day, so you have enough time to secure a cashier’s check or wire transfer.

Cashier’s Check Vs. Personal Check

You can get a cashier’s check from your bank. The main difference between a cashier’s check and a personal check is that with the former, the bank has certified that you have the funds to pay the amount written on the check. Cashier’s checks also contain security features, such as watermarks, to make them more difficult to counterfeit.

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3. The Closing Disclosure

When contemplating what to bring to a house closing, no item is more paramount than the Closing Disclosure. This key form spells out the final terms and costs of your mortgage loan. Your lender is required to provide your Closing Disclosure to you at least 3 business days before closing day.

This form lists the following:

  • Your loan amount
  • Your interest rate
  • Your overall monthly payment
  • A breakdown of how much of your monthly payment will go to principal, interest, private mortgage insurance (PMI), property taxes and homeowners insurance
  • Your closing costs, detailing the amount you’ll need to pay on closing day

If you’re signing your mortgage papers and any costs differ from those on your Closing Disclosure, make sure to question your lender and title company. Never sign any document if you’re uncomfortable with the fees or closing costs listed on it.

4. Proof Of Insurance

Before your lender approves your mortgage, you’ll be required to take out a homeowners insurance policy. This policy protects you if your home is damaged or destroyed, because the insurance company will provide you with a payout to help cover the damages or help you rebuild.

You can use your policy’s declarations page as proof of your insurance. This page lists your name and address, a description of the home you’re insuring, and your policy’s premium. Check with your lender and title company to make sure you’re bringing the proper form of proof to the closing table.

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5. Professional Representation

You don’t want to go at it alone on closing day. It’s important to have professionals representing your interests. After all, you’ll be signing plenty of papers and making what might be the biggest purchase of your life. You’ll want a representative there to answer your questions, check over your closing documents and raise any concerns.

Real Estate Agents And Attorneys

That’s why it’s important to have your real estate agent or real estate attorney present at closing. In many states, you’re required to have your lawyer there on closing day, and you’ll usually pay a flat fee for this representation.

If your real estate agent or attorney can’t attend the closing in person, they’ll typically send one of their associates to represent you. And in the event of a circumstance where the buyer or seller can’t be present on closing day (such as the home buyer living in another state), a remote closing may be an option.

The Bottom Line: Be Prepared For Closing Day

It’s natural to be a little anxious as closing day draws near. To help avoid some of the butterflies that come with closing on your new home, you can be fully prepared by knowing what to bring to a home closing and then making sure not to forget any of the critical items.

Now that you know what to expect on closing day and the days leading up to it, it’s time to get your initial mortgage approval. Fill out an application or talk with one of our Home Loan Experts today.

Victoria Araj

Victoria Araj is a Section Editor for Rocket Mortgage and held roles in mortgage banking, public relations and more in her 15+ years with the company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in political science from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan.