My business partner Bob is always preaching "better safe than sorry". We abide by this philosophy from the moment we list a home for sale all the way through to the closing table of the sale. One lesser known and misunderstood aspect of home-buying and selling is the "final walk-through" of the property.
This Week's Tip: When your home goes under contract, clears attorney review, clears the mortgage contingency period and is now ready to close, it is typical the buyers preform a walk-through of the property on the day of closing. They check that everything is working, property undamaged and all items are included per the contract since your move-out.
In most cases, we suggest that sellers patch holes, clean floors, cabinets and windows... and even touch-up paint (if painting is recent) prior to the buyers walk-through. This is not stipulated in many contracts to the letter, however leaving the home in a fresh, move-in condition (and showing effort for your coveted buyers) will leave the right impression for the walk-though and closing.
Assure your buyers are happy going to closing with a little effort. Better safe than sorry and it's the right thing to do.