As soon as you receive a Clear to Close, we will schedule a final walk through with the seller’s Realtor. We will meet you and the seller’s Realtor at the home. The final walk through usually occurs the night before closing or the morning of closing and is a chance for us to walk through the property and make sure it’s in the same condition as it was during the inspection. Generally, the walk through takes about 20-30 minutes. At this point, the seller should be completely moved out and the home should be thoroughly cleaned by the time the walk through occurs. During this time, we will ask the seller’s Realtor for any logistics that you should know such as when trash is picked up and any mail delivery or parking instructions.
The purpose of the walk through is for you to ensure that the property is substantially in the same condition as it was when you made an offer and that any repairs or remedies that you agreed upon have been completed. We will check to ensure that all the appliances are in the home and in working order. In addition, we will make sure that the property is clean and that nothing has been damaged in the process of the seller moving out or during the repairs. We will use this checklist as a guide.
Please know that this visit to the home is only meant for the walk-through. You should not bring friends, family or any contractors or any items to move in. Following the walk through, we will have you sign a walk thorough inspection document and then forward it to the seller’s Realtor for their client’s signatures. While we are at the walk-through, we will make arrangements with the seller’s Realtor to obtain the seller’s keys and any garage door openers. We will give these to you at the end of closing.
If you discover any issues during the final walk through, you will have three options to consider. First, you can delay the closing and ask the sellers to resolve the issue at their expense. Second, to ensure that you close on time, you can ask for a credit from the sellers to cover your costs to resolve the issue after closing. If the sellers are not willing to agree to either of the first two options, you do still have the option of canceling the contract and getting your earnest money back.