July 31st, 2012
If you’re one of the lucky people who will be closing on a home in the near future, you may feel that the long journey to homeownership is just about over.
But there’s at least one more thing you need to do, which Brendon Desimone discusses in “5 Tips for the Final Walk-Through.”
It’s important to know that a home inspection and a walk through are very different things.
A walk through comes after the inspection, and it’s the last chance you have to make sure all the agreed-upon repairs have been made, and no new damage is evident.
The walk through should be done with your real estate agent at least a week before the closing so that if someone does come up it doesn’t impact the closing date.
Bring you contract, as Desimone points out, so that you can reference it and understand what you’re agreeing to relevant to what you see in the home.
You may never meet the seller, but if you do and they are up for it, ask that they be there for the walk through. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions that they can answer better than anyone else.
Lastly, know what you’re looking for. Desimone offers a very helpful checklist so you know you’re covering everything: