What To Look For At The Walk Through

Dated: 11/13/2017

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Melissa RollandCourant Community

Whether the seller or the buyer of a house, it's likely that both have "closing day" circled on their calendar.

It also means a "walk-through" of the property prior to signing the closing documents by the buyer.

On page 3 of the Connecticut Purchase and Sale Contract, Section 8 speaks to the condition of the property when possession is taken at closing, risk of loss, and delivering the property to the buyer in "broom clean condition."

While for many the final walk-through is a chance to get pictures of themselves in front of the front door of the house holding a "SOLD" sign (as it should be!) it is also a chance to make sure that the property that the buyer is getting is what they were expecting and what was agreed upon.

In the standard Connecticut Purchase and Sale contract, the contract speaks to the seller delivering to the buyer the property in the condition that it was on the date of the contract, subject to ordinary wear and tear. The seller also agrees to maintain the grounds until closing. In addition, the risk of loss or damage to the property shall be on the seller until closing.

On their walk-through prior to closing, some things that a buyer might be on the lookout for might include any obvious condition issues that were not present when the contract to purchase was originally written.

Let's take, for instance, if there had been a horrible thunderstorm and a tree had fallen and landed on and damaged a backyard shed. There would be the condition issue of the shed and ground's maintenance that would need to be addressed, and the risk of loss or damage would be in the hands of the seller.

Walking through, be on the lookout for items that had been agreed upon that were to remain, like appliances or lawn maintenance tools or equipment. Any repair requests that had been negotiated for repair by the buyer prior to closing should be double-checked for satisfactory completion.

"Broom clean condition" would generally mean that the property will be empty of all personal property, except as may be included in the sale. The home should be free of trash, garbage, junk, litter, broken or discarded items, and vacuumed or swept.

A general rule of thumb for a seller would be to leave the home in an as good (or better) condition than when the buyer made their offer.

Proceeding through the walk-through, the closing means that the "SOLD" picture at the front door of the buyers can be successfully shared.


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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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