Four Strategies for a Successful Home Inspection Before Closing
As you near your closing day, a final walk-through of the house is a vital step in the home-buying process. Before signing the paperwork, you’ll want to ensure that everything is in the condition you expect it to be. Pay close attention to the details to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible.
Here are a few tips on what to consider during your final walk-through:
- Has the requested maintenance been finished? The first thing to consider during your walk-through is whether any repairs that were requested have been made. If they have not been completed, you may want to delay the closing or ask for a credit from the seller to make up for it.
- Is the electrical, heating, and plumbing systems functioning correctly? You’ll want to make sure that the electric, HVAC, and plumbing systems are all in working order. Turn on all the lights, flush the toilets, run each faucet, and test the thermostat to make sure everything is functioning properly.
- Is there anything remaining in the house? Make sure the house is clear of any of the previous owner’s belongings. Anything left behind should be removed before you move in.
- Are the appliances in the house working? Be sure to also check any fixtures or appliances that were agreed upon in the sale. For example, if you negotiated for the seller to leave their TV mounts or washer and dryer, are they there and are they working? If you’re not sure what should be included, you can refer to your sales contract.
Finally, it’s wise to take photos of your walk-through, especially if you notice anything that was not corrected or needs to be removed. These photos can be used to show the seller’s agent and address any issues.
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