Final Walk Through & Transferring Utilities

Updated: Sep 12



A day or two before closing, I will schedule an appointment to do a final walk through of the house. It’s not necessary that you be there, but if you would like to attend, please let me know.


During the final walk through, I will verify that contractual requirements have been met, which includes verifying that the house is in substantially the same condition as the time when you made an offer to purchase. I’ll be making sure that the personal property, such as kitchen appliances, have been left at the house according to the agreement, and I will verify that the Seller hasn’t removed any fixtures that were supposed to be included in the sale. Additionally, I’ll do my best to make sure that the house has been broom swept and any garbage has been removed (sometimes we won’t be able to determine this until after closing has occurred).

While real estate Sale Agreements specify that the house should be in broom swept condition, and we wish that all Sellers would have the house professionally cleaned prior to closing, it is not always the case. What I’m saying is that you should not expect to receive the house in perfect eat-off-the-floor condition. I suggest arranging for a professional cleaner to come to the property prior to your move in date, so that deep cleaning can occur and you’re starting with a clean slate. {If you would like recommendations for house cleaners, click here}


This is a good time to start calling utility companies to set up your new utility accounts. In some cases, a personal visit to the utility company will be necessary to set up service (this is typical with starting water/sewer accounts in this area). I will provide you with a comprehensive list of utility companies and important contacts for the area.

Julia Radditz, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

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