But simply because the walk through isn't going to be done at the optimal time, isn't a reason to abandon the walk through completely. If you can't get a view of the "emptied" home prior to the closing... I would hold out a small amount of money in escrow (maybe $500.00-$1,000), to be release "after" you've had a chance to view the empty home and confirm that everything is okay.
The sellers shouldn't have a MAJOR problem with it... since the money could be released only hours later. If they do have a problem, I suppose you could delay closing until after they've completely moved out.
Please do the walk though as close to the closing as possible. I had a sale where the hot water heater was working fine when the sellers showered in the morning, and when we did the walk through was done that afternoon, the hot water heater was no longer working. After the walk though youâ€™re on your own, but donâ€™t purchase without checking everything out after all the sellers possessions have been removed, the movers are gone and you feel confident that when your agent locks up, no one else will be in the house.
Best of luck in your new home!
I can put myself into the seller's shoes since I recently sold my home. We scheduled the movers one week before closing so we had a couple of days to make sure everything was in tip top shape. I know we went the extra mile when our neighbors even laughed at us for painting the inside of the garage! However, we felt good knowing the buyers would feel wonderful about the immaculate condition during the walkthrough. In the current market, smart (okay, at least motivated) sellers go the extra mile.
My advice to anyone in this dilemma is never, ever schedule a walk through more than 24 hours prior to closing, especially when the seller has personal belongings inside of the home that may cover up issues that could affect the sale. Next, never, ever close without a walk through. This protects the seller and buyer beware cause everyone can agree on the condition of the home within a day of closing.
Your agent should have coordinated the move with the seller's agent. But, too many agents care only when you get the contract, and when they get their check!