Avoiding Last-Minute Surprises: The Key Role of Walkthroughs in Home Sales

August 31, 2023
Adam Crosson knows real estate. Growing up in Anderson, SC he watched his father work as a real...
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                        Discover why doing a final walkthrough is so important before closing.

If you've recently been through the process of buying or selling a home, you're probably familiar with the concept of a walkthrough. This crucial step, often done on the day of or the day before closing, holds significant importance for both buyers and sellers. Let’s explore why walkthroughs are essential and why you should pay careful attention to them.

One of the main reasons why walkthroughs are necessary is that everyone's perception of a clean home may differ. As a seller, it's crucial to ensure that your home is thoroughly cleaned and ready for the buyer to move in. By doing so, you're setting the stage for a positive final impression and helping to avoid any unnecessary conflicts or delays in the closing process. After all, no one wants to encounter surprises or disputes regarding the condition of the property just before the sale is finalized.

Both buyers and sellers can contribute to a smooth and successful closing.

Another issue that can arise during a walkthrough is the discovery of missing items that were meant to be included in the sale. This situation often occurs when buyers arrive with their agent for the final walkthrough and realize that certain fixtures or appliances they expected to be present are now gone. This can lead to frustration and potentially cause a delay in the closing process. To prevent such complications, it's important for sellers to communicate clearly with their real estate agent and ensure that all necessary items are accounted for and left in the home.

Imagine a scenario where the buyer discovers the refrigerator, which was agreed to be part of the sale, is missing during the final walkthrough. This could lead to dissatisfaction and a breakdown in trust, potentially causing unnecessary friction and complications at the last minute. To avoid such unfortunate circumstances, it's crucial to double-check with your agent to confirm which items should remain in the property and ensure that they are present during the walkthrough.

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