I get this question a lot. People are buying a new home, they aren't sure exactly what day to put but the contract requires a date. So what do you do? Closing may be two months away, how're you supposed to know what date to put?
Some people do know already. But, luckily, the contract says "on or before". So, if you need to close earlier - and everything has been approved by the lender and title - you're all set!
However, there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that require a closing to be pushed back to. Although both parties have to agree, most of the time if the reason is something neither the buyer or seller has any control over, then that can be done easily with a contract amendment.
Still it's good to have an idea of a date you'd like to move before you offer, and just remember to be flexible. (I do tell people Fridays at the end of the month can get pretty busy at the title companies, but it's up to you and the lender when they think you should close).
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and coolest wife ever.