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Home Buying Final Walkthrough

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
During the home buying process, there will come a point when you as a buyer will have to perform the final walkthrough of the home he or she wants to purchase. A walkthrough is different from a home inspection. It is performed a few hours or a few days before the closing date. Its major objective is to ascertain that the home is in the state where you agreed to buy. In some cases, the seller could still be in the home upon closing. If this is so, you should do the final walkthrough in the presence of the home seller.

You could ask the seller regarding important questions like a home improvement that he or she wants to do but was not able to accomplish. You could also ask for a forwarding address for mails. It is nice to stay in good terms and in touch with the seller. In addition to that, a final walkthrough is a good time to say hello to each other. It is likely that your agent will be there with you during the walkthrough to help you examine the house and to verify if items that you contracted to buy are there and those you do not are removed.

Nevertheless, in most cases, the seller has already moved out of the house before closing. If the seller is no longer in the house, it is all the more important to do the final walkthrough since problems could arise in a home that sits vacant for a while. Some of the important items that you should take not when performing the walk-through is to turn off and on all the lightings, look under sinks, run water, and test appliances. Make certain to open and close doors and windows, flush toilets, inspect wall, ceilings, floors, check garage openers, test the air conditioning and heating, run the exhaust fans and garbage disposal and make sure all debris are removed.

It is important to take your time when doing the final walkthrough. Take along a copy of your Sales Contract to review items that should be included in the house. Check out the house from top to bottom, from attic to basement. Pay special attention to expensive items and items that are important tot you. Examine places where rugs or furniture was once when you first looked at the home. If you find out that an item is missing or trash or other items are left behind, deal with it right away. Considering leaving your emotions outside the house because you will have a lot of time to swoon over the house later. The walkthrough is the time to ascertain that the home is in the condition that you want it to be.

The walkthrough in the home buying process is the time to deal with possible problems. Items that should be addressed should be made know your real estate agent so it can be taken cared of before closing. Most homebuyers are so caught up in daydreaming of the home that they failed to take a closer look and missed important items or details contracted during the day of closing.
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