Conducting the Final Walkthrough
It’s time for your final walkthrough! This is your last chance to see the home before closing on it.
You’ll be checking for these these items:
- The sellers have moved all of their personal belongings out
- No garbage is left behind (the home should be “broom clean” which means free of trash/belongings, but unfortunately not sparkling)
- No new issues have cropped up since the inspection (appliances still work, no damage to the property, etc.)
- Any seller inspection repairs were completed
- The seller should also provide receipts for any work completed to their attorney, so you should have a chance to review those prior to the final walkthrough.
Here is a quick checklist to give you an idea of what you’ll be checking:
- Do the lights still work? Test the light switches!
- Are appliances in working order? Test the stovetop burners, preheat the oven, open the fridge, run the microwave, hit the buttons on the dishwasher, etc.
- Do toilets flush?
- Do sinks, showers, and tub spouts run? Do sink and tub drain-stoppers still work?
- Check for new leaks, mold, or other large problems.
- Is everything on the contract still there? Appliances, laundry, etc.
- Check doors and windows for proper functionality.
- Do the heat and air conditioning work?
- Does the hot water work?
- Is the home “broom clean?”
This is also where we will take a photo of you for social media, so wear your fave outfit and get ready to strike a pose in your new digs!
If you are leasing the property back to the sellers, you will conduct 2 final walkthroughs; one prior to closing, & one on your date of possession. For the first final walkthrough, you’ll just be making sure the property is in the same condition as the last time you saw it, & check any seller inspection repairs.
If there is an issue at the final walkthrough – say an inspection repair was not made, or the seller left you an attic full of debris – your agent will negotiate on your behalf to ensure it is made right prior to closing.
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