In addition it's a good idea to give yourself a couple of extra days if possible to schedule movers, landscaping companies or and other repairs for the new house. This will give you extra time to get the closing completed and the transaction funded. If you schedule movers or other companies the same day as closing or even the day after you might be in for a stressful situation if for any reason the closing is delayed.
After applying for a mortgage do not let anyone pull your credit or apply for any new credit at all. Try to keep everything the same as far as credit goes as when you where initially pre-approved unless told different by your loan officer.
Do not ignore to tell your mortgage broker about any material changes in the purchase agreement you and the seller come to agree upon after the mortgage process has begun. A slightly lower sale price can alter the loan-to-value ratio and requires re-submission of loan documents. Your mortgage broker and lender have to be made aware if any addemdum is later attached to the purchase contract.
After applying for a mortgage be sure to advise your loan officer to any changes in your marital status or name changes. This will help you avoid problems with the final closing documents and/or title problems.
Do not take on new debt. The temptation is strong. There are so many big purchases that people want to make in connection with a move: appliances, window treatments, furniture, etc. When you add to this the fact that, today, everyone offers easy terms and no money downówell, why not just do it? Answer: because you will change what the mortgage industry calls your "debt-to-income ratios" (the relationship of your income to your debt).
Do not change jobs. If at all possible, try not to make a career move during the time between your mortgage application and the closing on the home you are purchasing. But, you ask, "What if itís a BETTER job, for MORE money, in a DIFFERENT field?" Still, try and wait until AFTER closing. One of the factors mortgage companies consider is length of present employment; they are partial to stability. At the very least, changing jobs initiates the need for more paperwork, and may delay your closing.
Do not pack too soon. Well, go ahead and pack your clothes and dishes. But do not pack your bank statements, tax returns, or other important paperwork. Most especially, do not pack your checkbook! More than one buyer has had closing delayed while a friend or relative hurried over with additional funds because the checkbook was in the moving van.
Do not lease a new car. This should go under the general heading of "no new debt." It is highlighted here because, for some strange reason, many buyers do run right out and lease a new car during the time between mortgage application and closing! As with any debt, this will change your "debt-to-income ratios" and may cause you not to qualify for your mortgage.
Do not stop making your regular monthly payments after applying for a mortgage. Borrowers refinancing their home to payoff other debts sometimes stop making their regular monthly payments because they are going to payoff the debt. This can cause problems during the loan process because not making payments on time may hurt your credit rating. Lower credit scores may cause your interest rate to go up or result in you being denied credit.
Once you apply for a mortgage to refinance or for a home purchase your job is not done. Be involved, don't just wait for the call to schedule the closing. Check with your mortgage broker, find out what is going on with your loan, talk to your realtor make sure everything you want done is getting done. Be proactive not reactive, don't wait for a problem then rush to solve it, work to prevent any issues form happening in the first place.
Do not pay off any old collection accounts on your credit report unless you were specifically told to do so by your mortgage professional.
Paying off old colection debt will often signal to the credit reporting agencies that there is new activity on an negative entry and actually lower your credit score.