Final walk-through - What is that?
The finish line is approaching. After what may have felt like an eternity in your real estate transaction, the closing date is approaching and just around the corner. You are almost done, but there are a couple of things to be aware of at this point.
First, the buyer will be scheduling to do their final walk-through as they would be entitled to do according to most purchase agreements. The final walk-through typically takes place in the week (3-5 days) prior to closing. This walk-through is an opportunity for the buyer to verify that the repairs agreed upon during the inspection, if any, were done to their satisfaction, and also to be sure that the home hasn't changed in any remarkable way since they wrote the offer.
As the seller, you will want to double check that all is ready for this last appointment. Sellers should remember that if you have any trash or debris that needs to be hauled away, it should be done prior to the final walk-through. If selling in the spring, you want to be sure the lawn is mowed, weeded, and green if that is how the house was listed.
In the winter, you will want to be sure the snow is removed from the sidewalks and driveway. If any appliances have stopped working or any major system has failed, you will want to be sure those are repaired or replaced prior to the final walk-through.
Keep in mind the items that must stay with the house: window treatments, drapes, light bulbs, garage door openers, trees, shrubs planted in the ground, etc. There is a section in most purchase agreements that outlines what is supposed to stay with the house. If you have questions, you can refer to the contract or call me to be sure.
You just want to leave your house to the new buyer in the condition agreed upon and also as you would like to have a house left for you, if it was your purchase transaction
Lastly, this is the time you will want to locate the keys, mailbox key (if you have one), garage door openers, manuals for the appliances etc., so that they will be readily available for the buyer once the sale is recorded.
So, make the right move and call, text, or email me... Dani Carpenter, for more information about the seller's role in the final walk-through process.