Once you’ve received the Clear to Close, we’ll schedule the final walk through.  This usually occurs the day before or morning of closing and is a chance for you to walk through the property and make sure it’s in the same condition as it was during the inspection. The walk through takes about 20 – 30 minutes and we will be with you. Please let us know what day and time would be best for your final walk through.

Here’s what you should check at the final walk through:

  • Verify that all repairs have been made.  Be sure to obtain copies of paid receipts and any related warranties in advance of the walk through
  • Make sure all of the appliances are still working
  • Check to make sure the sellers didn’t damage anything moving out
  • Look to make sure all items included in the sales price (lighting fixtures, blinds, curtains, etc.) are still there. This includes anything that was attached to the wall previously such as shelves, TV mounts, etc. unless noted as being excluded on the contract
  • Screens and storm windows are in place or stored somewhere
  • Test the intercom, doorbell, alarm, HVAC and hot water to make sure they all work
  • Property should be in clean condition meaning it doesn’t have to be perfectly clean, but you won’t need to hire cleaners. Of course, this is only if the occupants have moved out and you are moving in immediately.
  • Locate the garage door opener (if applicable) and any other remotes
  • Locate any instruction books and warranties for appliances and fixtures

Here is what the final walk through IS NOT:

  • It’s not a time to have your parents, friends, etc. come look at the property or for contractors to give you estimates, etc.  All of that can wait until the next day once you officially own the property.  
  • It’s not possible to begin moving boxes or other items into the property at the walk through. That has to wait until you officially close on the property.  
  • It’s not when we receive the keys.  That will happen at the end of closing.

At the end of the walk through, we need to inquire as to how you will get the Keys, any fobs, and the mailbox key are usually given to you at the end of closing.

What happens if you find damage at the walk through or the seller didn’t do one of the repairs he was supposed to do? 

You have three options if you discover damage at the walk through or the seller didn’t repair something he/she was legally obligated to repair:

  1. You can delay closing by a few days/weeks and ask the sellers to repair whatever items are damaged
  2. You can ask the sellers to provide a credit to cover the cost of the repairs so you can still close on time, but have the funds to pay for the needed repairs after closing

If the sellers are not willing to do any of the above you can cancel the contract and walk away from purchasing the property.  This rarely happens and is the last option if we’ve exhausted all others.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the final walk through.  We’re almost there!