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Make One Final Inspection Prior to Settlement

Make One Final Inspection Prior to Settlement 

In the sales contract, the sellers of your new home agreed to leave the custom blinds, refrigerator, built-in entertainment system and those fine cabinets and workbench in the garage. But when you show up on moving day, all of those amenities are long gone. Moreover, the lock on the back door is broken, and there is a huge gouge in the drywall near the front bathroom.

Although these circumstances are extreme, they could happen, which is why it is important to have a final inspection of the home you are purchasing before the closing. A final inspection gives you one last opportunity to verify that you are getting all that was promised in the sales contract. Although buyers still have legal recourse if they discover-even after closing-that the condition of the home is not as it should be. Of course, the best time to identify problems is before closing when the seller will be motivated to correct any deficiencies to close the transaction.

 Broken dishwasher

Typically, a buyer takes possession of a property one to three months after signing the sales agreement. And a lot can happen before the actual move-in. Appliances and fixtures can break, and walls, carpets and doors can be damaged during the seller's final weeks in the house, particularly during move-out. Sometimes the seller will simply have forgotten that he or she has agreed to leave the refrigerator or window coverings with the house. Whatever the reason, problems identified before the closing have the best chance of being remedied. A final inspection is the only way to detect these possiblilities.

 

If possible, schedule the final inspection right before the closing, such as the day before. Ask your real estate professional to attend the inspection with you. Here's what to do:

 

Tablet with CheckList and Pencil

 

Using a copy of the sales contract as a checklist, first make sure that all items that should be in place (appliances, built-in furniture, window coverings, fixtures, etc.) are there.

 

 

Test each appliance to make sure they work properly. Bring along an electrical clock or radio to test each electrical outlet. Test all electrical switches and the garage door opener. Run the garbage disposal and turn on every water faucet, checking under the sinks for leaks. Flush the toilets. Inspect the floors, carpets, walls and doors for recent damage.

 

If you discover that something is damaged or missing, make a note of it and inform your real estate professional immediately. In most cases, the seller is usually able to take care of small problems immediately, either by making a needed repair or offering compensation to handle it. And, if there are major problems, the seller can even sign a statement acknowledging the deficiency and agree to correct it.

 

 

 

Although pre-closing final inspections take time and may be inconvenient, they are important and well worth the buyer's time. Foregoing this Buyer's Right to a Final Inspection can be a huge mistake. Contact me immediately to hear other important facts that can help make your purchase a good, smooth and satisfying transaction. 717-514-1793 or Ken@KensHomesales.com

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsKen and Leslye Huebsch • April 29 2011 11:46AM

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It is always a good idea to make a final inspection

Posted by Steven Wright, CRS - Home Real Estate - 720-989-5283 (Home Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Great advise for buyers and sellers to pay attention to.  The walk through is very important.  I've seen on 2 occasions a delay in Closing due to "missing items" that were to be there.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 7 years ago

Steven, Robin & Sue, I actually had a Buyer, years ago, that even though I dwelled on the point, chose not to do an inspection. After moving in, he found out the drainfield was clogged. Had we done a final inspection, we would have seen the wet backyard... literally soaked. It would have been much easier NOT to settle on time, than to deal with it after the fact.

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

We have an inspection contingency on our board contract.  Buyers are encouraged to have their independent inspection done within an alloted period. Buyers can negotiate again with the sellers for repairs or adjustments after the inspection. Buyers can also do a walk-through prior to closing for another look.  They're important steps for both parties.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 7 years ago

Yes, we have that as well. Our is called a Home Inspection (versus final inspection..walkthrough), which is usually done within 1 week of contract. This one we swear by. It's the best $350 a buyer could spend for peace of mind.

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

Ken, doing a final walk prior to signing on the dotted line can be VERY important, especially if it was occupied until closing.    Anything can happen!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 7 years ago

Without a doubt I always advise any buyer to make a final walk through prior to funding.  Like Joan says, ANYTHING can happen!

Posted by Randy Schulenburg, Schulenburg Realty, Inc. (Schulenburg Realty, Inc.) about 7 years ago

Joan and Randy...We all have stories we could tell. Maybe a topic for another blog!

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

Doing a final walkthrough is always on the list for my buyers.  I cannot imagine skipping this important step.  Great blog . . . .thanks for sharing.

Posted by Michele Myers, Harrisburg/Hershey Realtor (Prudential Homesale Services Group) about 7 years ago

Michele. I've had Agents on my listings that have waived it. I just shake my head...

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) about 7 years ago

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