Oct. 26, 2019

Column - July 2019

Buyers:  What Should You Look for on Your Final Walk-Through?

You found it – your perfect dream home!  You made the offer, your Realtor helped you through a tough negotiation, but, in the end, your offer was accepted!  Your dream home passed the property inspection with flying colors!  Your lender and the title company have done their jobs and have cleared you to close!  Now your Realtor says that you should do a final walk-through just before you close on your new home.

Yes, closing time is hectic, you are packing and scheduling the movers, arranging for the utilities to be turned off in your old place, and turned on in your new home, etc. – but, you should ALWAYS make time for a final walk-through to make sure that your new home is in the condition that you expect.  

Here’s a detailed list of what to check for on your final walk-through.  Make sure that:

*No major, unexpected changes have been made since the last time the buyer viewed the home.

*All rooms, closets, attics, and crawl spaces are checked (look for things like leaks, holes in the dry wall, moving damage, etc.).

*All negotiated repairs are completed and copies of invoices/warranties have been received.

*All items included in the sales price (draperies, lighting fixtures, screens, storm windows and doors, etc.) are still there.

*All appliances negotiated for are in place and operating as expected (dishwasher, washer/dryer, oven, refrigerator, etc.).

*The following are working:  doorbell, hot water heater, faucets, and HVAC.

*No plants or shrubs have been unexpectedly removed from the yard.

*The following are available:  garage door opener, other remotes, and instruction manuals for appliances/fixtures are available (these may be in the possession of the title company).

*All trash and the seller’s personal items have been removed.

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