Join me on a condo pre-close walk through!

Wherever you're buying a condo, whether it's a Toronto condo, a Scarborough Condo or a Condo in Durham, it's super important to do a walk through before closing to make sure the condition of the condo is the same as when you purchased it! 

Come join me as I walk through a condo purchased for a client & show you the steps we take in the final walk through (I've consolidated this into a quick 2 minute video, but this generally takes 1/2 hour to 1 hour depending on the size of the condo.

When do you do the pre-closing walk through? I generally advise to do these the week of closing, ideally after the occupant has moved out & with enough time to advise the seller & real estate lawyers should there be any deficiencies.  When you're looking for deficiencies, you are looking for things that will need to be repaired - like appliances not working, Missing window coverings or light fixtures, damage to floors or walls that was covered previously by furniture etc. 

What happens if somethings wrong?  Close to closing these can be done either with the co-operation of the other realtor and/or the lawyer.  You can discuss repairs, replacement or monetary credits.  You cannot arbitrarily decide not to close or hold back funds unilaterally (without the other side's agreement)

What condition should I expect?  The standard for any property on closing is what we call "broom swept condition".   Unless you have specified that the unit be professionally cleaned before closing in your contract, of course.  Broom swept means all personal possessions have been removed, and no garbage is left behind.  Generally cupboards and appliances are wiped down. 

The 9 most important things I check in a walk through: 

1. Make sure all items from the previous occupant have been removed 

2. Check the closets are cleared out.  

3. Check all the lights work (burned out bulbs don't count, the fixture has to work) 

4. Check all the blinds and window coverings that are included in the contract are there and in good working order 

5. Check that all the taps work, that the shower switches over from filler to shower and check that both hot and cold water are running.  Flush the toilets.  Check for leaks.

6. Check under all of the sinks to make sure there are no leaks 

7. Check that all the appliances are working 

8. On closing day, it’s super important to run a cycle in the dishwasher and washing machine to make sure they’re working. (We don’t have time to do that during an inspection) 

9. Check that the parking spot and locker are clean and clear! 

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A disturbing trend I've come across recently is the fraud in the rental space.   As an agent who handles a fair share of rentals; these issues have shown up over several ways this year.   I'll tell you about 3 instances I've had and the red flags that appeared with each! 

When I'm representing a landlord and an application comes in, I spend a lot of time going through an applicants documentation and getting references and looking through their background.  Here's what I do:

  • Call their employer by finding the employer's website and calling through their office to confirm employment.  I don't just call the supervisor on the application
  • Look carefully at the documents to see if they are real; company letterhead & credit reports can be faked or bought
  • Check social media & linked in
  • Call past landlords
  • Make sure there is a building at the address they're currently renting
  • Check that the landlords name and property owners names match.   If it's an apartment building call through the property management company if it's an apartment rather than calling the number provided.
  • Look at the credit report for signs of altering

With those things in mind, let's look at 3 things that have happened to me this year!

1.  Student rental Scam - fake rental and landlord

First of all, you should never have to pay to submit a rental application, or be asked for a deposit before you get a chance to see the place.   These scams are generally ads on sites like Kijijii and Facebook for rentals that look too good to be true.  They also steal MLS listings for homes and advertise them at lower rates.  I came across one recently through a family friend desperate for some student housing.  It was a big scam; and when I called them out they 'protested too much'.    Here's how to spot these scammers:

  • They demand payment to submit a rental application
  • They demand a deposit before you see the unit
  • Makes excuses why they are not available to speak to on the phone 
  • Will only communicate through messenger, text or email
  • The advertised price is way lower than other rentals
  • Their Facebook profile was just created
  • Their Facebook name does not match their user name ID (see the URL) 

2. Fake Rental Applications   

There are some very good forged documents out there.  I had some people submit an application on a lease I was advertising and here's what I found during the checks, among the other checks I did as above :

  • Inconsistencies in addresses on the application
  • Employment letter does not look real - no header or footer with information on the company letterhead

3. Forged Tenacy Papers

I had a call from a gal who had a great story, good employment, good credit, moving to Toronto from outside the city for work, can't come in to look for a place so needed virtual showings.  Could I help her find a place.  Sounds great right?  

Now I don't usually check tenants out before I help them (and I'd helped out a client with an out of town move this year already in a similar situation)  But with everything going on right now, I felt it couldn't hurt to see what her references would say.   So she sent in her application & 

then came the paperwork - the address of her job didn't match up with her story.  The company had never heard of her or her supervisor.  There was even no property listed at the home she had put for her address!  Other red flags for scammers include what she did:

  • get overly upset when called out 
  • provide complicated excuses for 'mistakes' on application forms
  • call the fact checker a liar, unprofessional, etc.

So be careful out there folks! 


A big thank you to the communities of Guildwood, West Rouge & Port Union for the terrific support last Saturday for my Community Shredding Event.  About 30 families participated - and their generous food donations filled our Jeep to the brim!   The food donations were taken straight to Feed Scarborough - the Scarborough Food Security initiative and will be distributed to local satellite food banks in the area.   Judging from the huge line up outside the Manse Rd. food bank Saturday, it's much needed. 

Chartwell Guildwood was my partner for this event and provided the venue and great snacks.  Thank you Kelly & Dianne for your wonderful support.  As always, Papersavers was gracious, friendly, professional and helpful!  

One interesting sideline - My husband, myself, Dianne and Alex from papersavers all grew up within the same area!   Such a big city/small world!