The best surprise is no surprise when it comes to a final walk thru ! The purpose of a final walk thru is primarily for the Buyer(s) to determine if according to the contract, the Sellers have left what they said they would leave,,,appliances, window treatments, light fixtures, the playset, hot tub...and that they have taken what is not in the contract.
There are times when trash pick up is the day after closing and there may still be things left in the "discard" pile at the end of the driveway. Be sure it is not blocking the driveway and making it difficult for the movers to navigate and unload the buyers furnishings.
The garage should be emptied of the equipment not included...the lawn mower, snow blower, rakes etc.
The area that is most often a problem is the basement or storage area where all things that even well meaning Sellers may leave thinking that they would be of use to the Buyers. This is where the touch up paint is.....but the new Buyers may not like the Sellers choice of colors and not only have no need for it.. now are left with finding a recycling center that will accept it...not the house warming gift
that they appreciated. The spare parts ...the used rec room furniture...best disposed of and not left for Buyer.
What SHOULD the Sellers leave for the Buyers ?
- The Home Warranty Brochure with coverage outline and
- Manuals and appliance warranties
- List of any regular service people - HVAC, landscape, sprinkler system who know the home
- Landscape Plan - for homes with gardens- where plants are
located and care they may need to florish
- Day of the week for trash pick up
We have had Sellers who went the extra mile...and left the menus from
every restaurant that delivered in the area, the cleaning service, and a bottle
of champagne in the refrigerator with best wishes for a happily ever after in their new home.
The best surprise is no surprise...unless it IS that champagne and special touches that a Buyer appreciates If you or anyone you know is lookng for the special touches they deserve in real estate service in southeastern Wisconsin, Call the Hansons, we are honored to be of service.