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Preparing for the Final Walkthrough

The final walkthrough is the buyer’s last chance to see the home before closing on it. Mainly, the buyer will make sure that you have moved all of your personal belongings out, no garbage is left behind (the home should be “broom clean” which means free of trash/belongings), and everything that worked at inspection is still functioning. Additionally, if the buyer negotiated any repairs from the inspection, this is their chance to confirm they were completed.

Here’s what the buyer will check at the final walkthrough:

  • Turn on all the lights
  • Test all kitchen appliances – microwave, stove range, etc.
  • Flush the toilets
  • Turn on sinks, showers, and tub spouts, and make sure drain-stoppers work
  • Ensure everything from the contract is still there – appliances, laundry, etc.
  • Open and close doors and windows
  • Test heat & air conditioning work (weather permitting)
  • Check for new leaks, mold, or other large problems
  • Confirm all inspection repairs have been completed
  • Make sure home is “broom clean”

Here’s what you can do to make sure the final walkthrough goes smoothly:

  • Keep your home in the same condition as it was when the buyer did their inspection
  • Remove all belongings & trash, and consider hiring a cleaning service to deep clean
  • Confirm all inspection requests have been addressed
  • Make sure you are moved out the day before final walkthrough (you can move out the day of, but this helps avoid extra stress!) 
  • Confirm everything on the contract is still in place (light fixtures, appliances, window coverings – when in doubt, ask your agent)
  • Leave your keys, garage clickers, and manuals on the kitchen counter. If you are able to label your keys, that helps!

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