By now your dilemma is over, but as you now know, the negotiating process is never over! One thing I try to do for my clients is arrange the close at the time that works best for them. All parties seem to
want that extra weekend to move, and some parties have 2 closings to deal with. It can be a stressful time.
Here in California, we are fortunate in that we have sign offs, funding a few days later, then recording several days later. It's hard to imagine the pandemonium that results from all that happening on the same day as you do back east! However they have been doing it many years. Cheers.