How long does closing take??

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
12895 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think ours was about an an hour.  It could take longer if you really want to read and understand every legal doc your signing, but we just trusted the lawyer, and signed non stop where told after a quick explaination of what each doc was for.

Post # 4
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Can you plan it later in the day?  It would be nice if it could be at 2 or 3 and then you just not go back to work.  That way you wouldn’t feel rushed.  There’s always the chance it could start late if the lawyer or sellers are late.  And, afterwards, you could go straight to your new home! 🙂




Also, will you be having a walkthrough before closing?  If so, you need to plan time for that as well.


Post # 5
3698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Same as PP. About an hour. Lots and lots of signing papers and trusting the lawyer types. 

Post # 6
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

it took about 10 minutes to sign everything and about 45 minutes for the lady to make some damn copies. 

Post # 9
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s different in different places. In CA, no lawyers are required and the buyers and sellers meet for the closing separately, so you aren’t waiting on anyone. You just make an appointment and go in and sign. It took us about an hour.

Post # 10
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours could have taken 30 min but we had the lovely joy of working with a divorced couple.  Only the lady showed up and they had to call the ex husband every time there was a question or negotation and the lady couldn’t keep it together.  She’d run out crying and screaming over the phone call.  The guy left the house a disaster and didn’t clean it out of personal stuff, so we had to work out a deal with that at the same time.  It ended up about 2 hours in all.  Hopefully yours won’t take that long.

Post # 11
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@FutureMrsMK:  I feel like mine lasted 2 hours, but then again, it could have just seemed like it too FOREVER!

Post # 12
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ours started at least a half hour late, then took about an hour. The copies felt like they took a lifetime. I agree that I would plan it at the end of the workday to avoid having to worry about returning on time. 

Also, I don’t know if you planned a final walk-through on the same day before your closing, but it’s recommended that you do it very close to the signing of the papers to ensure the sellers didn’t mess anything up without you knowing about it (especially if they had to move out furniture still or anything like that). We did our walk-through with our realtor an hour before the closing. 


Post # 13
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@FutureMrsMK:  If you’re doing a walkthrough, I would recommend doing it in the early afternoon followed by the settlement.  

Post # 14
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Combined, the walk-through and paperwork took around two hours.

Post # 15
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

walk through and then went to closing.  total maybe 2ish hours.

Post # 16
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a walk threw which was about an hour, then went right to closing. Closing took us almost 2 hours.

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