Who Does The Final Walk When The Buyer Is Out Of Town?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

Who does the final walk-thru when the buyer is out of town? It's fairly common for buyers to close on the home they are purchasing while out of town and in some cases, out of the country. A final walk is an opportunity for the buyer to see the home one last time before attending closing. The home should be in the same condition as it was when the offer was executed minus normal wear and tear. 

Some of the more common problems I've witnessed include sellers leaving behind heavy trash next to the curb such as a giant ugly mattress, furniture and open bags of trash blowing all over the street. There's also a percentage of home sellers who see no problem with leaving behind a few personal belongings that they simply didn't fee like going back to pick-up. 

So, should the Realtor representing the buyer perform the final walk-thru if the buyer is not available? What about the possible consequences if the buyer notices something the buyers agent didn't catch? In Texas, attics are pretty universal. In fact, I've never seen a home without one. Attics can be ridiculously hot, humid and especially awkward to move about. What if the Realtor who performed the courtesy walk didn't quite catch what a seller left behind?

Having been a property manager I can tell you first hand to never underestimate what a seller could "accidentally" leave behind. One time I found a box of human ashes under the kitchen sink. In that same house I found a dagger, shield and leather mask; all very expensive items that the seller intentionally left behind. The items belonged to her late husband who was apparently a big fan of the Renaissance festival. And the ashes? She refused to claim them. In short, I had my hands full.

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
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RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)





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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The worst I have had to deal with are the paint cans that the sellers wanted to leave for the buyers to match.  Old and dried out, just didn't want  the hassle

May 26, 2015 09:25 AM #1
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

We often deal with a buyer long distance and not available for the final walk through. My rule is never to do an official final walk through on their behalf because of liability issues. I recommend they have a home inspector or friend do it if they can't be present.

May 26, 2015 09:29 AM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Interesting question, Greg.   I really haven't had to deal with that scenario yet.  I agree with Kathleen, never take on extra liability.  The buyers need to find someone else to represent them in the final walk through.

May 26, 2015 10:14 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

So what did you do with those human remains Greg?  scatter them in the rose garden ;)


May 26, 2015 01:08 PM #4
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

If they are not able to be present I docusign the waiver to them prior to closing.

May 26, 2015 01:42 PM #5
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

 The sellers are contractually obligated to remove all debris, personal items, etc.  A walk through, in my local market, doesn't prevent or alter closing.  

May 26, 2015 02:47 PM #6
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Greg - Interesting question. I would try and get someone else to represent the buyer at the final walk through. 

May 27, 2015 12:18 PM #7
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I think you should sprinkle those ashes into a flushing toilet and give the departed a proper burial.

Jun 11, 2015 08:24 AM #8
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