What Buyers Should Look for During a Final Walk Through

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Buyers often don’t realize that the final walk-through before closing is a vitally important part of the homebuying process. They should be reminded that this final walk-through can determine if and when they will close on their new home.


The ideal time to do the final walk-through is within 48 hours of closing. If there is a large measure of time before that, the status of the house could change. Unexpected events may occur: a tree may fall, or movers could cause damage. The purpose of the walk-through is to make sure the home is in the same condition it was when last viewed by the buyers, to confirm the post-inspection agreed-upon work has been completed, and that items included in the offer remain in the home.


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  • The house should be broom-clean, with the following things verified:
  • Aside from being empty, the house should look the same and be as sound as it was when last viewed.
  • No garbage, furniture, paint, and similar items should be left unless agreed upon in the contract.
  • There should be no damage to walls, floors, cabinetry, doors, windows, garage doors, or outside property.
  • Light fixtures should be working and in place.
  • Water should be on and all plumbing should be working.
  • Confirm that everything included in the buyers’ offer has remained in the house—fixtures, appliances, all agreed-upon items.
  • Confirm that all work on the inspection amendment has been completed.


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Other issues to watch for:

  • A new problem that wasn’t there during the inspection, such as a leaking water heater, or too many personal items remaining that can’t be removed before closing.
  • Previously hidden damage to the structure, walls, or floors, such as a stained wood floor that was covered by a rug.
  • Unexpected problems, such as damage to walls and doors from movers, or water damage from a recent storm.
  • As you know, if any of these issues come up, the closing could be delayed while the buyer and seller agents work together to resolve the issues or work on a plan to move ahead and get the house closed.


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Comments (3)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Important to allow buyers to sign off release inspection contingency first.  Often buyers feel they already overpaid wanting to negotiate a better price. Lately, with Covid some of the homes were never inspected by the inspectors. Buyers should ask for a home warranty.

Sep 16, 2021 08:13 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

Yes... the "walk-thru" prior to closing is a very important task.  Reminds of me a transaction a broker in our office was looking to close on, and the buyers were to walk his listing the day before closing.... and as they were driving there, so were the fire trucks.  Yes, the house was on fire.... nope, it did not close.

Sep 16, 2021 08:38 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Foot prints to be wiped off. More important is the trash removed?  I had a home they moved the trash down the street 300 ft and dumped there. Buyer was disturbed.

Sep 17, 2021 07:26 AM