What is a Final Walk Through and Do I really need one?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

What does a FINAL WALK THROUGH have to do with Real Estate? was a question asked by a Buyer the other day. The Buyer has a Buyer Broker and the closing was coming up. A call to the Buyer Agent when they would like to complete the final walk through, was answered with silence. "Why does my buyer need one" they asked. They proceeded to have the Buyer call me as they would not be available as they were taking some time off this week.


The Buyers question was "Did they really need a final walk through?"


As the listing agent my duty is to the seller and as so, i informed the Buyer they had an option to have one. I asked did they want to schedule one before the closing? Their answer was no, they would inspect the home after they purchased it.



I wanted to share this story with anyone thinking of Buying a Home, because the FINAL WALK THROUGH is the Buyers opportunity to check the home one last time before the closing and they become the owner. For me a final walk through would be a MUST.... If anything was left behind, any damage occurred during the sellers move out or an act of god, this is the buyers last chance to identify it and ask for it to be cured or be reimbursed for it. If you do not complete a walk through and find this after you close, it could be the buyers cost to remedy the situation.


THE HARD TRUTH is that the Buyer Agent should have known this. The Buyer agent should have told the buyer what a final walk through his and why it is a must. Failing to do this was failing to protect their buyer.  


THE SECRET OF SUCCESS and key to having a successful Home Sale or Purchase can increase simply by choosing a better agent.  One that explains each step of the buying or selling process and stands by you throughout each. The secret is, that All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. I leave you with now infamous philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process.


I leave you with now infamous philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process.




 1. LEARN THIS ONE FACT: One should know that All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest Agent or Company. It is important to Hire the BEST Agent. In NH that could be me.   

2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT AGENT: As a Buyer OR Seller in this market you need every advantage you can to get your home sold. It starts with choosing the right agent. a. Ask for a Full time agent whose sole job is to sell homes. b. Ask for a Full service agent who will guide you through each step of the selling process. Discount brokers often equal discount services. c. Ask for a Local agent who knows your neighborhood and is readily available when you need them is a must. Out of town agents can leave you high and dry in your time of need. d. Ask for a well experienced Listing Agent can give you the advantages you need when selling your home. Not all agents are created equal. Choose only the best.  




It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. With 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area. To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com . We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs through each step of the buying and Selling process. We are proud to be locally owned and operated.

Comments (13)

Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

We don't do them here. I have never seen anyone screwed over here. Most Sellers have the house professionally cleaned and carpets cleaned, with a welcome to your new home note!

Apr 27, 2016 10:45 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That sure would be nice to see here Rob D. Shepherd  . On my listings, I discuss this with my sellers are they are told up front how the home should be left and when. There are some listing agents who do not inform their sellers and we find messy homes, a missing ceiling fan and recently no appliances when they were included in the purchase contract and signed by the seller.  

Apr 27, 2016 10:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great post to share with people - I certainly do not find that every house is in move in condition when the sellers leave. And not all repairs are completed to the buyers' expectation!

Apr 27, 2016 11:01 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is so true Lise Howe and the final walk through is for the buyers protection. 

Apr 27, 2016 11:29 PM
Erica Love
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek - Colorado Springs, CO

The final walk through is very important. Not every house is left in move in condition if they say it will be.

Apr 27, 2016 11:50 PM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Yeah Scott Godzyk When they get into the house and find that the sellers took that chandelier or stained-glass window that they thought was included it might be too late to do something about it.

Bill Roberts

Apr 28, 2016 12:45 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Excellent advice Scott. I always insist in a final walk through. I have seen damage from movers and properties that were not left clean.

Apr 28, 2016 01:11 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Scott, this is an important point, thanks.

Yes, it is important to start off with a knowledgeable and professional agent.

Yes, it is important to do a "final walk through" it could save the Buyer money and grief down the road.

Apr 28, 2016 02:29 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Scott - Crazy stuff. We have caught, and resolved, some very big issues over the years that have saved our buyers a lot of grief and money.

Apr 28, 2016 04:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Your conclusion is the best part. People have a choice and it amazes me when they hire less than they deserve for representation. 

Apr 28, 2016 05:14 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Scott, "inspect the home after the closing" ... and the infamous words of Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland came to my mind ... TOO LATE.  

Apr 28, 2016 06:04 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This is good information for buyers and sellers too.  I was interested in comment #1 left by Rob D. Shepherd . . .It's fascinating to know the different practices around the country!

Apr 28, 2016 06:49 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is something eery buyer should do. It is thta final chance to see that all is alright. I am doing a final walk through today with the buyer that is closng on Tuesday. I am sure it will be in great shape because it was vacant at contract.

Apr 28, 2016 11:33 PM