Just signing the papers on a home sale isn't enough.
You should make sure these four are in that sales contract:
* EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT PROTECTION. The contract should spell out exactly who will hold your earnest money -- your agent, a title company, escrow service, whatever. Never just hand your earnest money over to the sellers.
* SETTLEMENT/POSSESSION DATES. The exact dates you plan to settle on the sale and move in.
* PERSONAL PROPERTY. The appliances, fixtures, carpet ... anything you want included with the house.
* PHYSICAL INSPECTION. Get your right to a home inspection IN WRITING.