Buyers will have an opportunity to walk through the home they are buying just
before the closing to make sure it is in the same condition as when the contract
was ratified. They will check the appliances and make sure that the agreed-upon
repairs were completed.
They usually see their new home empty for the first time just after the movers
have left. Suddenly they see the dark rectangles and nail holes where pictures
used to hang, as well as all the "dust bunnies". The contract calls
for the house to be "broom clean" and free of trash and debris.
Realtors encourage sellers to leave their homes impeccably clean for the
walk-through, and many homes are turned over in spotless condition. Sometimes a
hectic moving schedule, fatigue, or different housekeeping standards result in
the buyers having to clean the house thoroughly before they move in. If you are
afraid that a messy house could trigger problems at the closing, be sure to make
your house shine for this important inspection.