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Take a walk before closing
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 • Posted April 1, 2011 2:58 PM

You’re only a couple of days from closing on your new house, and everything is almost official. Why not take a walk?

Inspect the property one more time to confirm the condition of the house prior to closing. Spend 30 minutes or an hour walking around the place. I know that you probably have 50 things on your to-do list – buying a house is a hectic time – but here’s why a final walk-through is a good idea.

Is it fixed?

The purpose of the final walk-through, which can take place two days or two hours before closing, is to make sure the property is in the condition you expected it to be in when you signed the purchase agreement. Verify that all agreed-upon repairs have been made, no damage has been done to the property – especially if it’s vacant – and that all items included in the sales contract are present and in satisfactory condition.

People cause unintentional damage

What if the seller removed a ceiling fan without realizing that he was supposed to leave it or forgot to clean out all his junk in the attic? What if a wall or the floor was damaged when the seller was moving out? You don’t know what you may find.

Delays don’t help either party

Many sellers willingly fix problems that they may have overlooked in the chaos of moving or during the time a home was vacant. It’s beneficial for both parties to proceed with the transaction. Any snags with completing the sale can add time and cost everyone money. Delays may be more than just an inconvenience, though. You may have a lock on an attractive interest rate that is set to expire, or the sellers might not be able to buy their next home without the proceeds from this sale.

What if they’re home?

The sellers may still be moving out during your walk-through. This might not be a bad thing. They may offer the manuals for appliances or show you how the sprinkler system works. Ask for the contact information of plumbers, HVAC repairmen, or similar people who’ve done work on the property.

Bring your paperwork

Do your walk-through with your purchase agreement, the seller’s disclosure form, and reports about any work that was done as a part of the contract. Bring along your spouse or a friend; it’s always helpful to have another pair of eyes.

It doesn’t take long

The final walk-through is one of those little things that you can do to protect yourself from problems after the sale is completed. Verify that everything’s right with the house and, if you do find something unexpected, talk to your Texas Realtor. Most problems you discover can probably be taken care of at closing with financial considerations or other agreement with the seller.

For more advice on buying property, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

For your real estate needs, contact RE/MAX Genesis at 830-833-2000.

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