The final walkthrough of your new home can be a very exciting experience. You have completed all the necessary steps, including negotiations, inspections and financing approval. Now you are ready to sign your closing papers. Most buyers have already thought about paint colors and furniture placement before the final walk-through. The walk-through is more than just ensuring that your favorite chair fits by the fireplace. Do your due diligence and make sure that there are no issues you need to resolve before the closing table. The final walk-through will ensure that the home is in the same condition as when you purchased it.
Check for the following:
1) Check that there is no damage to the house that the sellers should be responsible for. The weather or careless movers may cause damage. Old and forgotten damage can be discovered when the sellers’ possessions are removed.
2) Make sure that all appliances are in good working order and that no new electrical or plumbing issues have appeared. You don’t need to do a full home inspection but you can check visually for obvious issues that should be fixed before you move in.
3) Verify that all items conveyed by contract are present. If the sellers agreed that certain furniture, decor or equipment would be left, make sure it hasn’t been removed.
4) Verify that the sellers have removed their belongings. You don’t need to arrive at the property with your moving truck to discover that the sellers have left behind a variety of unwanted furniture and trash. The sellers are responsible for clearing out anything that does not go with the sale.
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