Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Why Is a Final Walk Through Necessary?

Why Is a Final Walk Through Necessary?

The Final Walk-Through Is Your Last Chance to Check It Out

Checking one last timeBuyers and sellers ask why a final walk through is necessary to do before the closing. As agents we take it for granted that everyone understands the purpose and will want to take advantage of this final check.

What is the purpose of the final walk through? The main purpose is to make sure that all contract conditions relating to repairs have been completed and the house has not been damaged in any way by the seller on the move out or items of damage concealed from previous viewings.

It's not that we don't trust the seller to do what he says, it can be a matter of interpretation and misunderstanding. Doing the final walk through allows time for resolution BEFORE the closing takes place. If repairs were to be completed and weren't, money can be withheld from the seller's proceeds to assure that these will be done. If repairs were done and not done properly, there is still time to call the repairman back to finish the job.

If movers or the seller damaged a floor, wall, door or trim or anything else upon move out, these can be discovered and repaired or money escrowed to fix the problem. I saw a house where the movers hit a chandelier with a piece of furniture. Since it was crystal, the whole light had to be replaced.W e all understand accidents happen but don't want to discover it after the closing when it is too late to do anything to correct it.

The Final Walk-Through Is Not Time to Renegotiate the Contract but only to check the items stated. This is another reason that it is so important to have a home inspection early in the transaction. 

It is a time to see if all is well with the home and per the contract before monies are exchanged between buyer and seller. This is the buyer's last chance to see the home before it becomes their home and their responsibility. In Tennessee, agents have the buyer and seller sign off on the final walk through inspection. This is a good practice and is always allowed under Tennessee real estate law.

A good walk through takes the buyer into the closing with peace of mind. It also helps the agent know that a thorough job was done for their clients.

Why Is a Final Walk Through Necessary? The Final Walk-Through Is Your Last Chance to Check It Out Before the Home Becomes Yours.

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Comment balloon 35 commentsDebbie Reynolds • June 04 2017 04:02AM

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Always a very important step to reach the "Final Countdown" , to the closing and ownership for the new buyer... thanks,  !!

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) 20 days ago

Great post Debbie Reynolds - I do my walk-throught the same day of closing and always remind my clients the importance of it.  Have a wondeful week.

Posted by Abby Stiller, Real estate agent serving SWFL. (Premier Realty Homes of SWFL) 20 days ago

Hello Debbie Reynolds, I learn my lesson on my second deal in real estate,  I had the buyer and we did not do a walk thru.  After closing I got a phone call and was over fast at the new home buyer place.  The seller took after the walk paper down and left dirty diaper in every room.  Now I always do a wlak thru even if my people say NO!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 20 days ago

Yes, the final walkthrough is so the buyers can make sure everything that was supposed to stay has, and everything that needed to be removed was. Also, to make sure the repairs were all done correctly, the water still works, the oven/appliances that are staying still operate, etc.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 20 days ago

Final walk-throughs are useful and a necessary item on my checklist. I like to do it a day in advance if possible to discover potential issues early on. If necessary, another follow-up can be done the day of closing.

Posted by Pat Starnes, Broker Associate, ABR (Front Gate Real Estate) 20 days ago

Good Afternoon Debbie - resale or new home; a walkthrough is necessary to make sure that the contract terms have been fulfilled.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 20 days ago

Debbie the final walk through is extremely important in my opinion.  I have Borrower discover on a final walk through that the Seller hid pet urine stains with a throw rug.  Another the Seller was leaving 27 cans of paint behind, and another where the Sellers or their movers dragged the furniture over the hardwood floors and gouged them.  The strangest one was a Seller who removed all the wall outlet and switch covers. 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 20 days ago

Yes, final walk through is very important. Great post, Debbie Reynolds !

Posted by Susie Kay, Dallas Specialist (Ultima Real Estate ) 20 days ago

Hi Debbie - You're right. We find issues that can be easily resolved prior to closing - ones that might be a lot more difficult afterwards - on a small but not insignificant percentage of our transactions.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) 20 days ago

I could write a book about final walkthroughs and what I have seen. Sometimes homes are amazingly clean and other times so much is either missing that should be there or filthy.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 20 days ago

Such a great topic and something i discuss with my buyer and with my sellers Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 20 days ago

Great post Debbie Reynolds  I had a walk through one time where the seller decided to take down all the curtains that were included in the sale .. Yes it created a problem

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 20 days ago

Hi, Debbie.  An important step in the sale of a home and one that often displays the character of the sellers.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 19 days ago

Debbie, on occasion buyers ask why we do this, and they always agree, it is a good idea!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 19 days ago

Good morning Debbie. Excellent topic and beautifully handled here. Well done.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 19 days ago

This is very good information to share with home buyers and home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 19 days ago

 

I think we could all write a book on our final walk through experiences. I have a few in mind. One coming up this week and I hope it is NOT one to write about. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 19 days ago

Hi Dan Hopper, I do not consider my job done without it.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I do mine the day before unless it is new construction and then it is a few days before, Abby Stiller.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

We learn as we go and you so amply point out, Will Hamm.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

Yes Pat Starnes. A day before works for me too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

It is a very good practice, Kat Palmiotti.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

Thanks Susie Kay. Buyers should use this last option before closing.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

In my book it is a necessary step to the closing, Grant Schneider.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I have seen sellers take the refrigerator, curtains and other things but not the outlet covers, George Souto.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I suspect everything will go very smoothly, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland. After all they are dealing with an expert. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

That is so kind of you to say, Sheila Anderson. Such a compliment.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

Thank you for stopping by and for your comment, Roy Kelley.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

Most sellers do the right thing, thank goodness, Gabe Sanders.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I think most buyers feel better after they have done it, Joan Cox.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I had that happen too and the seller was a pain in the butt about giving them back, Hannah Williams.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I am embarrased for the seller when they the place dirty. It is a personal reflection on them, Joe Pryor.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

I knew you would be an agent that woudl do that final step, Scott Godzyk.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

Basically we can avoid future trouble by doing a walk through, Dick Greenberg.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 19 days ago

Thanks all that made a comment. Have a good evening.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 18 days ago

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