Buyer Walk Through

Buyer Walk Through. Did you know that there is a ” Buyers final Walk Through”? The final walk through is an important step in the closing process. Watch below how it works and what is expected of you. 

Buyer Walk-Through! Day 29
The buyer’s final walk through is here. It’s the day before closing when your house will officially be sold. We are almost there, but first, the buyer’s final walk through.

The final walk through is an important step in the closing process. In most cases, the walk through is scheduled within 24 hours prior to the closing date. Although, there are some circumstances where it may not be until the day of closing.

Essentially, the final walk through is an opportunity for the buyer to ensure the house is in good condition and confirm that agreed upon repairs have been made and there are no new issues. The buyer and their agent will perform a thorough inspection of the property to ensure that everything is in order. They’re going to make sure that everything listed in the disclosures, that are staying, in fact, did stay with the home. Usually, only the buyer and the buyer’s agent attend the final walk through to give the buyer the freedom to inspect the property at their leisure. However, sometimes sellers are still moving out their last items.

To make sure this walk through goes off without a hitch, you should follow these tips.

Number one, make sure the house is clean. This means the real estate property has to be cleaned, swept, vacuumed, cleared of rubbish and clutter. The homeowner will likely do a deep clean after moving in but you should still make sure you aren’t leaving them a dirty home.

Number two, don’t remove attached items, unless they were excluded from the sale. Generally speaking, anything that’s attached to the home has to stay with the home after moving out. This includes items like light fixtures, water heater, HVAC systems, large appliances, like the oven range and refrigerator. And anything else that’s bolted, nailed down or mounted.

Number three, don’t leave anything buyers haven’t agreed to keep in the property. The buyers probably don’t want your old yearbooks or your old holiday decorations or your deer mount.

Number four, take care of any agreed upon repairs. It’s best for sellers to have the receipts detailing each project.

Number five, hold off on shutting off utilities so that the buyer has the opportunity to transfer them over upon the sale of the home. If you shut off the utilities, your home won’t have electric and gas for the final walk through, thus preventing the buyer from checking everything. A good rule of thumb is to leave the house in the same condition you’d expect when moving into a new home.

When selling your home, the best way to ensure you’re fully prepared for the final walk through, as the seller, is to read your purchase agreement. Terms of the agreement will lay out what you need to do for the home sale to be successful, in terms of the house’s conditions, repairs to be made and items to be left with the property. We want to set you up for selling success. Have a great day.
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