Does a House Have to Be Empty For a Final Walk Through?

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Mar 17, 2023

When buying a house, a final walkthrough is an essential step to ensure that everything is in order before closing the deal. It allows the buyer to inspect the property one last time and ensure that any agreed-upon repairs have been completed satisfactorily. However, one question that often arises is whether the house needs to be empty for the final walkthrough.

Does house have to be empty for final walk through?

The short answer is that it depends on the situation. In most cases, it is preferable for the house to be empty. However, depending on the timing of the walkthrough, it may not be feasible for the seller to fully vacate the home in time for the walkthrough. Let’s take a closer look at a few scenarios.

When the house should be empty

In most cases, it is best for the house to be empty during the final walkthrough because this gives the buyer the highest level of assurance that the home is not damaged and no personal belongings have been left behind. Here are some other situations where it’s best for the home to be empty:

Repairs or renovations: If the house has undergone repairs or renovations, it may be best for the house to be empty during the final walkthrough. This will allow the buyer to see the work that has been done and ensure that it meets their expectations.

Bill of sale: If the buyer is purchasing items such as appliances or furniture, the buyer will want to ensure those items are still present during the walkthrough.

When the house does not need to be empty

Temporary occupancy agreement. The seller is present and the home is occupied because of a temporary occupancy agreement that allows the seller to remain for several days or weeks after closing. If the seller is still living in the house but is cooperative and willing to work with the buyer, there may be no need for the house to be empty during the final walkthrough.

The buyer is performing the inspection several days before closing. If the buyer is performing the walkthrough a week before closing, it is unlikely the seller will have time to fully vacate and clean the house.

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