My Top Three Tips for a Stress Free Possession Day

My Top Three Tips for a Stress Free Possession Day

Buying a home can be a stressful experience. Possession day challenges can drive a stable person insane on a day that should be super special for you and your family. Here are my top three tips for a stress-free possession day.


Buying a home can be pretty stressful. I mean, let's face it, you're investing hundreds of thousands of dollars. You've got negotiations, mortgage applications, home inspections. All of it has the potential to be pretty stressful and possession date can be exceptionally stressful. 

I want to give you three tips that I think will lead to a more pleasant and enjoyable experience for you on the possession date.

First of all, over 27 years as an active real estate agent and broker, I've reviewed thousands of real estate transactions and there's one thing that most of them have in common. The possession dates are almost always set for either the beginning of the month or the middle of the month. Don't do that. 

The professionals that are involved in your transaction are going to be juggling a hundred balls on those days. They're going to be extremely busy. If you set your possession for the seventh or the 23rd or some other odd day in between the middle and the end of the month and something goes wrong, you will be able to get those professionals engaged in solving your problem quickly.

Secondly, I want you to set your expectations properly for your first viewing of that house. Remember, when you bought it, you were all excited. That place was all staged with beautiful furniture, nice art, fresh-cut flowers, maybe some fresh baking cookies in the oven. All of that's going to be gone and it might look a little bit stark and bare. You might be tempted to feel disappointed because of that. Set your expectations realistically, it's going to be an empty house when you show up. You're going to dress it up and make it beautiful. Make it your own.

Finally, the third bit of advice that I have for you is this; do not plan your move for possession date. If you roll up there at noon to pick up your keys and you bring a 50-foot moving van with you that's costing you $200 an hour and something gets delayed, you don't get the keys until 2:00 PM, you are going to be super stressed out. So come, take possession, do a walkthrough, measure things up, decide where you're going to put things and plan to move in a couple of days. 

I hope this is helpful to you, that it leads to a more enjoyable experience on your possession date.

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Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra


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