Blog Buyer How to Build a Closing Day Kit

How to Build a Closing Day Kit

By Kelsey Burkett, June 13, 2024

By the time Closing Day finally comes, your brain is likely to be spinning with transaction details, packing and moving logistics and that stack of documents you just signed at the Title office. A helpful thing to add to your to-do list is preparing a simple “kit” that you can bring with you when you meet your Realtor to get keys to your newly minted home. Remember, there (should be) nothing left in the house at this point – not even a roll of toilet paper! So, if you’re planning on hanging out after you unlock that door for the first time as the homeowner, you’ll thank yourself for packing a few functional items.

The best part about the Closing Day Kit is that it’s filled with things you likely already have at your current home.

What you’ll need: 

  • A basket, bin or similar. I used this acrylic bin; it’s a great size and you can use it for organizing after.
  • Trash bags. I like to use recycled Trader Joe’s grocery bags.
  • Dish towels and/or paper towels. It’s nice to have both; paper towels are great when you need to clean up a spilled drink or need a napkin.
  • Toilet paper. Pack one for each bathroom.
  • “Wine glasses” aka cups for toasting. I don’t love promoting plastic (you could of course use glass) but they stack and are compact. If you go with plastic, at least try to get recycled.
  • Wine opener or bottle opener
  • Sage for smudging. We grew and dried our own sage from our previous home, which was really special and surprisingly easy as long as you think ahead.
  • Candles + matches. Not only do they make your new home smell good, but a burning candle helps to create Hygge (Danish/Norwegian word that describes cozy comfort)
  • Bluetooth speaker for similar reasons. Music creates nice texture when entertaining and can help to establish memory milestones. Similar to when you hear a song and it triggers nostalgia.
  • Anyhting else that feels special that fits! For instance, a crystal, momentos, a photo, etc.


When we got the keys to our home, we invited our closest friends over for a toast and a hang. We met the neighbors, we gave tours and we toasted to a new season of life in our sweet, new home. It’s one of my favorite memories to-date.

Big thanks to my friend, Cressa, who made her own Closing Day Kit and shared it with me the day we met to deliver keys to her home.


Kelsey Burkett

Broker | OR


I bring a unique blend of skills and experience to real estate, with nearly fifteen years spent in the creative services and marketing industry. My career is marked by a passion for storytelling, leading teams and fostering meaningful connections within my community. I've spent much of my career helping brands find and tell their best stories. I've led both sales and multi-disciplinary teams to execute complex marketing strategies and campaigns; I've recruited, hired, trained, and mentored a seasoned salesforce dedicated to client service and results.  What sets me apart in real estate is my relentless attention to detail, reliability, dedication to service and ability to be quick to action. I will help you see the bigger picture while expertly navigating the intricacies of real estate transactions. I pride myself on delivering exceptional customer experience, backed by knowledge and a genuine connection with my clients.  I enjoy working with clients with a wide variety of goals. I have a particular affinity for first-time homebuyers, as well as those who deviate from conventional paths. I believe that creating a home environment that reflects one's identity and values is a powerful form of self-expression.  I've channeled my energy into building community and helping others find theirs. I'd love to help you find and tell your (real estate) story by guiding you through the buying/selling process and towards achieving your home ownership goals.  When I'm not focusing on real estate, I enjoy taking care of plants and animals, hot yoga, cooking and wine.   Tracey Henkels | Principal Broker Licensed in OR |
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