Closing Day

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Buyers will have an opportunity to walk through the home they are buying just before the closing to make sure it is in the same condition as when the contract was ratified. They will check the appliances and make sure that the agreed-upon repairs were completed.

They usually see their new home empty for the first time just after the movers have left. Suddenly they see the dark rectangles and nail holes where pictures used to hang, as well as all the "dust bunnies". The contract calls for the house to be "broom clean" and free of trash and debris. Realtors encourage sellers to leave their homes impeccably clean for the walk-through, and many homes are turned over in spotless condition. Sometimes a hectic moving schedule, fatigue, or different housekeeping standards result in the buyers having to clean the house thoroughly before they move in. If you are afraid that a messy house could trigger problems at the closing, be sure to make your house shine for this important inspection.

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Dallas Chambers

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

This is such an important event for buyers in the purchase of a home.  It should be the subject of some "strategy". 



Apr 23, 2010 11:15 PM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing. Buyer agents should prepare their clients for this experience.

 Blooming in Maryland

Apr 23, 2010 11:23 PM #2
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

I have had buyers who have held money in escrow for a good cleaning after finding a dirty house at the final inspection. Finding that huge stain on the carpet after the rug has gone is no fun.

Apr 23, 2010 11:27 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Dallas,

Explaining what is expected of the seller before closing when the buyer completes a walk through can avoid problems. I always stress to my seller if you want a stress free closing hire a house cleaner (your dead tired anyway) and if there are repairs have them done well in advance and provide receipts and invite to re-inspect. I prefer to negotiate an allowance or take it off the price of the home and let the buyer do repairs after closing supervising it to their satisfaction!

Apr 24, 2010 12:05 AM #5
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