The Final Walk-Through-–Preparing to Close in Franklin, MA

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, Franklin,MA/508-369-5131 9017020

Be sure that you do not overlook the following during your final walk-through just before you close on your new home.  The safest method is to bring a copy of your Purchase & Sale Agreement for verification of agreed upon items–working from memory is never advisable.

  • Repairs you have requested have been made.  Obtain copies of paid bills and any related warranties.smilinghouse
  • All items that were included in the sale price–draperies, lighting fixtures, etc.
  • Screens and storm windows are in place or stored.
  • All appliances are operating.
  • Intercom, doorbell, and alarm are operational.
  • Hot water heater is working.
  • HVAC is working.
  • No plants or shrubs have been removed from the yard and lawn is mowed.
  • Garage door opener and other remotes are available.
  • Instruction books and warranties on appliances and fixtures are present.
  • All sellers’ personal items and debris have been removed.

Over the years, I have had a few situations in which both sellers and buyers were unclear regarding exactly which items should remain with the home.  It is best to think of which items are considered personal property (swingset, fireplace tools) and which items are fixed or attached to the house.  Sometimes there are still “gray” areas such as the wall sconces or the fireplace inserts–communicating about these items up front will help minimize issues at closing time.

If you have real estate questions, please give me a call at 508-369-5131 or email

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Kathy Stankard of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage can be reached by cell at 508-369-5131 or via email

Kathy has been a top producing REALTOR since 1996 helping buyers and sellers in the Franklin, MA and metrowest of Boston area.  Feel free to check out her website for more resources and information.



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Comments (1)

Nilgun Foley
Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage - Shelton, CT
Realtor - Business and Investment Properties

Useful info :) Although sometimes it is better to disregard a missing item that is not so important and simply be done with the closing.

Mar 23, 2015 12:40 AM