Step 23 to Buying a Home: Attend the Walk Through
The week before closing, we’ll schedule the final walk through. The walk through typically takes about 20 minutes and the seller’s Realtor usually attends in case any problems do come up. Please let us know what day and time would be best for your final walk through.
Here’s what you should check at the final walk through:
- Verify that all repairs have been made. Be sure to obtain copies of paid receipts and any related warranties in advance of the walk through
- Make sure all of the appliances are still working
- Check to make sure the sellers didn’t damage anything moving out
- Look to make sure all items included in the sales price (lighting fixtures, blinds, curtains, etc.) are still there. This includes anything that was attached to the wall previously such as shelves, TV mounts, etc. unless noted as being excluded on the contract
- Screens and storm windows are in place or stored somewhere
- Test the intercom, doorbell, alarm, HVAC and hot water to make sure they all work
- Property should be in “broom clean” condition meaning it doesn’t have to be perfectly clean, but you have to be able to clear out any debris with a broom
- Ask when the trash is picked up, where the parking is, where the storage unit is, etc.
- Get the garage door opener (if applicable) and any other remotes
- Locate any instruction books and warranties for appliances and fixtures
- Make sure all personal items of the seller and all debris have been removed including clothing, food in the fridge, etc.
Here is what the final walk through IS NOT:
- It’s not a time to have your parents, friends, etc. come look at the property or for contractors give you estimates, etc. All of that can wait until the next day once you officially own the property.
- It’s not possible to begin moving boxes or other items in to the property at the walk through. That must wait until you officially close on the property.
- It’s not when we receive the keys. That will happen at the end of closing.
At the end of the walk through, we need to inquire as to how you will get the keys, any fobs, and the mailbox key. Usually these items are given to us as the buyer’s Realtor and we’ll bring them to closing. They are then given to you at the end of closing. However, if you are in a doorman building, verify whether the doorman will have the keys and whether he or she will be able to give them to you after the closing or whether you will need to present a written form.
What happens if you find damage at the walk through or the seller didn’t do one of the repairs he was supposed to do?
You need to understand that the walk through is not a contingency of the purchase. In such an event, we will negotiate with the seller to make things right, but you cannot delay the closing or cancel the transaction without prejudice.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the final walk through. We’re almost there!
Go back to Step 22 to Buying a Home: Get Your Down Payment Ready, go forward to Step 24 to Buying a Home: The Close of Escrow.