The "owners' manual" is in the contract - with timeline and who does what.
If you have an agent, he/she will guide you through this process - to make it smooth.
If you don't have an agent, hire an attorney to guide you through the process.
If you still want to fly it alone, then find a friend who is a realtor?
What I'm trying to say - there are many things that happen from the moment of signing your contract till the close of escrow, and you want to be sure all is correct - or you might be liable for something you did or didn't do in time.
Best of luck,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.