You are almost there! The home that you are about to purchase, the one with the white picket fence, is almost yours. You have negotiated a good and fair price and the seller has agreed to fix up a few things that your home inspector found. You are now ready to go to the closing table, right? Not quite yet.
I have heard stories of home buyers closing at the attorney's office and coming home to their new home only to find the buyer took several items that should have stayed put, or a water line started leaking after the fridge was moved, or walls were damaged during the seller move out. Once the deal is done, it is very hard for the buyer to get a seller to come back and deal with something they caused before the close.
For these reasons and so many more, agents will usually conduct a walk through the house shortly before the actual closing to make sure the home is in the same condition as you would expect. I also conduct a pre-walk through about a week before closing to assess how well any repairs have been made. Were repairs performed the way they were supposed to be done? This is done about a week before closing so that if a repair is done incorrectly or not at all, the seller has time to remedy the situation. There is nothing fun at all finding out there are home issues that need to be resolved an hour before closing!