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Can the Sellers be Present During the Final Walkthrough?

Generally speaking, the sellers are asked to leave during your final visit so that you can feel more comfortable looking around the home. No one likes being stared at during a final walkthrough so it’s considered a common curtesy to let the buyers inspect the home on their own. 

However if you prefer the sellers to be home, that can be arranged too. Some buyers want the opportunity to meet the sellers and ask important questions about the home. This is common if the home has a swimming pool or some other part of the home that they’d like to be shown how to maintain.

Can We Bring Our Contractor to the Home to Discuss Future Renovations?

In short, yes of course. If you are planning on doing extensive renovations on the house, you may wish that your contractor come visit the property with you before closing so they can get an idea of the scope of your project (e.g. costs of supplies, timeframe, schedules).

Remember, contractors tend to spend a lot of time looking around more than a simple walkthrough allows. As mentioned earlier, a typical walkthrough appointment only lasts up to an hour. So if your contractor requires more time than this to take measurements and drawings, you will need to negotiate that in advance with the sellers.

Most sellers will be accommodating but they should know beforehand that you’ll need more than a typical hour-long appointment.

What Should We Do During Our Final Walkthrough?

Don’t be distracted or overwhelmed when you visit your future home. You don’t want to kick yourself later wishing you’d checked something in particular during your walkthrough but over looked it.  

Things you should bring with you during your final walkthrough:

  • a notepad and pen (you can use notes on your phone too)
  • a measuring tape to measure windows, doors etc. 
  • a camera to take pictures or videos of particular areas
  • a list of anything you want to get a closer look at
  • any paint samples you’d like to see in particular rooms of the house

What to Check During the Final Walkthrough:

  1. Take measurements of windows or doors that you may wish to purchase curtains/blinds for. It’s a great idea to have these ready shortly after you move in so you can get some privacy in your new home!
  2. Make notes of any particular rooms and their measurements so you can plan-out where large pieces of furniture will fit on move-in day.
  3. Take photos of any unique areas of the home that you will want to refer back to as you plan your move.
  4. Verify that any repairs you’ve asked the sellers to complete have been done to your standards.
  5. Ensure that all appliances, inclusions and chattels that are supposed to remain with the home are still there.
  6. Test the ceiling fans, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures etc. to make sure they are all in working order.
  7. Note any possible issues you find so your REALTOR® can talk to the sellers in advance of closing day.

*All information provided by the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) for the highest sales volume and highest number of completed transactions since January 1, 2015. All Brantford MLS® House Listings come from the various systems operated by Real Estate Boards and Associations across Canada. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used underlicense. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service®, and the associated logos are owned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

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