But a lot has to happen still - the appraisal, final loan commitment, title work, termite inspection, utility transfers ... which usually take another 3 - 5 weeks (on average). One of the questions that I get asked frequently by my Silver Spring, MD home buyers is if they can see the house again before closing. They want to take measurements of the rooms, take more pictures to plan furniture arrangements, perhaps meet with a contractor to get some estimates, show it off to family who is only in town for a few days ...
YES, you will get the chance to see the house one more time before closing. According to the MD Residential Contract of Sale the buyer reserves the right to inspect the property within five days prior to settlement.
This is what we call the final walk through during which we make sure that the property is vacant and free of trash and debris and in the same condition as of the date of contract ratification (or home inspection). We don't want to wait until the last minute to conduct the final walk through but the seller should have moved out completely before we do so.
The final walk through is the one visit to the property that you are guaranteed before closing. Any other visits, however, are at the discretion of the seller, he/she does not have to grant you access for any other reason.
Although more can sometimes be arranged, it is not always possible, and you should plan on taking pictures and measurements when we are at the property for the home inspection or any prior visit.
Silver Spring, MD Home Buying FAQ: Can I see the house again before closing?