Next Steps Once Your House is Under Contract

Congratulations on having the house under contract! 

Here are the next steps:

Get your earnest money in. Write the check to 3tree Realty with the address of the property you are purchasing in the memo line and drop it off Ceci Churchwell’s house (broker of 3tree). She has a drop box on the back of the left hand pillar going into her driveway. Her address is: 225 Riverview Rd., Athens, Ga. 30606. Please take a picture of the check and text or email it to me. (706-369-1987 or This has to be done within two days of the binding agreement.

Follow up with your lender (or finish choosing your lender) and get all necessary documentation in to make sure that you do have preliminary loan approval. Please let me know who you have decided on so I can email them the contract.

Schedule a home inspection. I would highly, highly recommend doing this. During due diligence you can ask for any repairs that you might want the seller to do based on the home inspection report. This is a negotiation as well. I will need to open up the home for the inspector so please make sure you coordinate it with me as well. Here are some inspectors that I have had clients use and have had a good experience: Pillar to Post - 706-850-3315, Chuck Searcy - 706-202-1155 and Mike Leggett with the BrickKicker - 706-202-5259.

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything. I know buying a home is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming process. There is no such thing is a bad question. If in doubt, ask!