What Should You Look for in a Final Walk-Through?
When buying a home, don’t just treat the final walk-through as a formality. Here’s why.
The final walk-through isn’t just another formality in the home buying process. It’s used to ensure that the house you buy is in the same condition as it was when you agreed to purchase it and to make sure that all the repairs that need to be made are made.
It’s really easy to rush things when you’re excited about buying a home. Sometimes you can get away with it and not have any issues, but sometimes you will get bit. Don’t do a final walk-through on the day of closing. You may uncover flaws, errors, and issues that will hold up the transaction.
Another good tip is to use your phone charger as you’re walking through the house to double check that all the outlets work. Also, watch out for leftover items from the seller. You don’t want to be responsible for having to get rid of anything after closing such as old paint cans.
Finally, be emotionally prepared for a surprise. If a home was staged when you bought it, it won’t exactly resemble the house you fell in love with. Staging can hide certain problems that wouldn’t be seen until that final walk-through. Look for all unknown flaws before you proceed with closing.
If you have any questions for me about final walk-throughs or about anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.