Excellent question! A Final Walk Through is exactly what it sounds like. We take one last walk around and through the home you are purchasing to make sure it is in the same condition as you last saw it. This usually happens on the morning of Closing but depending on schedule, it can be the evening prior.

We check the home is empty of all belongings. Per the terms of the Purchase and Sale, usually the home is expected to be in “broom-swept” condition which means it is empty and does not have any of the seller’s trash left behind. We also confirm the expected appliances are there and work and that any repairs that would be visible have been completed. 

What if something is wrong? 

If things are not as everyone expects, we get in touch with your attorney and the listing agent to let them know something is up. And depending on the severity of problem, we decide if the Closing can take place that day or not and what is to be done about the situation.

A common issue is the seller left extra stuff in the home that you do not want. In that case, we ask the trash be removed prior to closing or if that is not possible, your attorney will request holding back of some of the seller’s proceeds (money) until the trash is removed to your satisfaction. 

In rare cases something has seriously gone wrong in the home, for example a pipe bursts in the basement. You, the seller and the attorneys will come to an agreement on the best course of action. Until closing the seller is responsible for the repair. If it is a small leak, seller proceeds can be held back until the seller has the leak repaired. However if the home is uninhabitable due to the problem, the closing will most likely be postponed until the problem can be fully repaired/restored. 

The final walkthrough exists to protect you, the buyer. Because once you own the home, all and any repairs become your responsibility! 

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