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Real Estate Fight Club

Dec 2020

Episode 63: Should You Do a Final Walkthrough?

December 7, 2020

In Episode 63 of the Toe-2-Toe Podcast, hosts Jenn Murtland and Monica Weakley drop the gloves over this question: should you do a final walkthrough? Will they finally agree on something? Spoiler!

Episode Highlights: 

  • Jenn doesn’t think it’s necessary to do a final walkthrough if a house is already vacant.
  • Monica has seen some things in her day, like a flooded basement or smashed window the day before closing.
  • In Monica’s eyes, you absolutely do a final walkthrough because the money is on the line.
  • The final walkthrough is to make sure that everything has been completed.
  • Jenn prefers not to deal with buyers because of the high level of maintenance and nerves.
  • Unless there has been a big storm or unmitigable circumstances, Jenn just doesn’t think it is necessary.
  • As per usual, everyone agrees with Monica that it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Use the reason for doing a final walkthrough to determine the best time to do so.
  • The only times that Monica has seen disaster is when she has not encouraged the buyers to do a final walkthrough.
  • Jenn thinks measuring in the final walkthrough is useless, if you like your furniture then bring it.
  • This week’s tiebreaker, Cassie Burns, serves the Cincinnati area with iHeart Real Estate.
  • With so many close calls, Cassie believes in final walkthroughs with a passion.
  • To clarify, Jenn is not team “no,” she is team “not always”.
  • It gets awkward if there is occupancy at closing, and that is just one thing that agents would like to avoid.

3 Key Points:

  1. Jenn believes that it’s not necessary to do a final walkthrough all the time, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t encourage it. She sees the benefits of both sides.
  2. Monica always does a final walkthrough because throughout her career, she has seen last minute disasters that could have ruined their respective deals.
  3. Your reasons for doing the final walkthrough will decide when is the best time to get it done.

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