If this is your first time buying a home, there may be a lot of terminology that is new to you. As you get closer to signing the paperwork for a house purchase, you will hear the term “final walk-through”. The final walk-through in real estate is a chance for the buyer to inspect the property one last time before closing. It is typically scheduled within 24 hours of closing after the seller has moved out. The final walk-through is an opportunity for the buyer to make sure that:
- The seller has made all agreed-upon repairs.
- The property is in the same condition as it was when the buyer agreed to purchase it.
- All appliances and systems are working properly.
- There are no new problems with the property.
The buyer should bring a copy of their inspection report and their purchase agreement to the final walk-through. They should use these documents to check for any repairs that were not made or any new problems that have arisen. If the buyer finds any problems during the final walk-through, they should discuss them with their real estate agent. The agent may be able to negotiate with the seller to have the problems fixed before closing.
Here are some tips for the final walk-through:
- Be thorough. Take your time and inspect every room in the house, as well as the exterior.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you see something that you’re not sure about, ask your real estate agent or the seller’s agent.
- Take pictures. If you find any problems, take pictures of them so that you have documentation.
- Be prepared to negotiate. If you find any problems that you’re not happy with, be prepared to negotiate with the seller to have them fixed before closing.
The final walk-through is an important step in the home-buying process. It gives the buyer a chance to make sure that they are getting the property that they agreed to purchase.