With any big purchase made, it often takes a lot of thinking, planning and reviewing. This is especially true for home buyers who invest a big amount of their time and finances to make sure they chose the right house. Going to see a property for the first time, we may overlook or miss the subtle, important stuff that need to be paid attention to. This is where the final walk-through plays a big role. A final walk-through is performed by the buyer to ensure that the property is delivered in the condition as agreed upon. It provides both buyers and sellers a chance to seal the deal and ensure the house is ready for the sale. A final walk through is important for many reasons, below are a few we will talk about.
A final walk-through can give the buyers peace of mind before the closing. During the walk-through, you and your real estate agent will ensure the property is maintained in the same condition you agreed to. You will look for important factors like making sure the light fixtures are in place, there are no damages to the walls, floors or any part of the house, and making sure the utilities, such as the furnace and AC are functioning. If the appliances were part of the deal, this will give you a chance to make sure they are all in working condition. Lastly, you want to check that the house is clean. It is usually customary to keep it broom swept and no garbage, furniture or studs/nails should be left behind. This leads to the best part of the walk-through below.
When you first go see a house in a showing, it’s often furnished with the sellers personal items. This can make it difficult to see the simple details of the home and allow you to imagine it as your own. During the final walk through, you get a chance at a blank canvas. The layout of the house becomes more clear, giving you an opportunity to plan out how you’d like to shift the space to make it yours. This is the step where any stress can turn into excitement because everything is coming together. An empty house thats yours to turn it into your home.
Buying a home is a big move that will take a lot of time and patience. Especially for first time home buyer’s, there are many steps that your real estate agent will be there to guide you through. A final walk through is one of them. If you’re unsure what to look for or wondering what’s ok vs. what’s not, then never hesitate to ask your realtor questions. They will be there every step of the way, from start to finish