Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
So, you’ve gone through the process of selling your home. All contingencies have been satisfied and the appraisal has been completed and your listing agent let’s you know that “we are clear to close”. Relief is what you are feeling, then your agent tells you the buyer needs to do their final walk through before signing for the home. The stress returns. It really doesn’t need to be stressful.
Here are some tips that will help you to be prepared:
1. Make sure that you have completed all agreed upon repairs. Supply any receipts for work completed to your agent so she can get them to the buyer’s agent. During the final walk through the buyer will be checking that all agreed upon repairs have been completed. You have until 3 days before closing to complete these repairs. Make sure that if a licensed contractor was supposed to do the work, that you did indeed use a licensed contractor. Other repairs that didn’t specify a licensed contractor can be completed by you or a handyman.
2. Keep the home in good shape. It should be in the same condition or better as when the buyer made the offer. If anything breaks while you still own the home, or a sink starts leaking etc. make sure you fix the issues. Make sure that all appliances being left are in working order. This also includes keeping the yard in good shape such as mowing and watering to keep the lawn green and planters watered. Also, I have had sellers dig up a tree or a shrub or plant that they want to take with them. This is not allowed unless it is in writing and agreed upon. If there is a plant that has sentimental value to you or something you intend to take, make sure that in the purchase and sale agreement that it is excluded before accepting the offer. Think about how you would want the home to be if you were the one purchasing it.
3. Make sure that you check your contract and that you are clear on what is staying with the home. More times then I would like a seller has taken an item that was supposed to be left such as a washer and dryer, refrigerator or the window coverings. Be perfectly clear when accepting an offer that all included items are listed and that any items that are excluded are in writing. You can’t take attached items such as curtain rods, light fixtures etc. unless these items are excluded in writing.
4. Be prepared to patch any holes left in the walls when taking down pictures, TV mounts and touch up with matching paint. If any walls were damaged during moving, make sure you repair them and touch them up with paint.
5. Make sure the home is clean. Wipe out the refrigerator. Clean the stove and the oven. Wipe down cabinets, drawers and countertops. Make sure the bathroom and kitchen are clean. Clean floors and vacuum the carpet and if agreed upon have carpets cleaned. Take away any trash and make sure you remove all items from the home by the end of the day of closing. I had someone think it was okay to leave a piano. That is not okay. Make sure you leave the home looking great for the new buyer.
If a final walk through does not go smoothly the buyer can refuse to sign and the deal could fall apart or be delayed until the remedies are made. You should have no stress if you follow these tips. If you are unclear on anything ask your agent so you will know exactly what is expected of you.
The new owners will be grateful, and you can feel good about the condition you left the home in.
For more tips or if I can be of service don’t hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for reading.
Haven Real Estate Group