How important is the Final Walk-through

Buying a home can be an exciting experience. With all the excitement sometimes it is easy to overlook things that can make a big difference in the overall outcome of home buying transaction. The final walk-through is one of the critical aspects when buying a home. Knowing what to do at your final walk-through can help ensure a smooth transaction and gives you a peace of mind.

What is the final walk-through?

The final walk-through gives home buyers an opportunity to inspect a property before closing. It is one of the last parts of the closing process.  This is to insure that the house you are buying is in good condition as it should be, has not been damaged or neglected since you signed the contract, and that all the provisions of the contract have been met.

The final walk-through is your final chance to raise any issues with the house before you proceed with the closing.  Some people just assume that the home is the way it should be, and they choose not to do a final walk-through so that they can save time. This can be a major mistake.  If you skip a final walk-through and then proceed with closing, there might not be anything you can do after the closing if there is something wrong with the house when you take possession.

Because the final walk-through is so important, there are things you need to make sure you do to make sure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your walk-through.

Since your walk-through is the last thing you will do before signing paperwork and taking possession of your new home, you want to make sure that you do it as close to your closing time as possible.   Why?  Because once you leave that house, you are essentially agreeing to accept the home in the condition in which you saw it at the walk-through.

Unexpected things are not usually good during closings, so try to eliminate that possibility as much as possible by doing the final walk-through as close to your closing time as possible.

If personal property is included, make sure that it has been left in the house, and that it has been left in the condition specified in the contract. Could be appliances, shelving, and window dressings or just about anything. Also, you’ll want to check for any personal property that the sellers might have accidentally left behind.  If you find anything that isn’t supposed to be in the house, let us know.  Seller might have forgotten, they will appreciate you letting them know.

If you conducted a home inspection as part of the transaction, you’ll want to make sure that any items that you negotiated during the home inspection were addressed in the specified manner. Go through each item one by one.  If something seems wrong, advice your agent and address the situation while you are at the house.  That gives you the best chance of getting things resolved without causing a delay in closing.

“A thorough final walk-through provides peace of mind”.

At Home Expo Gallery we will help ensure that you conduct a thorough final walk-through and help make the closing transaction a much more enjoyable and less stressful buying process. Call us now and we will answer all your questions.

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