One of the last steps of buying a house before closing on the deal is doing a final walk-through. This is a final inspection of the house before signing the final documents to make the sale official. While this can seem like a simple, trivial thing to do, it is actually an important part of the buying process. This should not be taken lightly, as there are many different issues that could arise that disrupt or delay a deal. When going through this process, it is important to know what to look for to ensure a smooth walk-through. The following are common issues that are seen during the process:

The Home is Not Empty

Homeowners sometimes may leave behind certain things with the buyer’s agreement. It is important to make sure nothing is left behind in a home that is not meant to be there, otherwise, it can disrupt the final walk-through.

The Home is Not Clean

When a house is sold, it should be minimally cleaned. This means that it is swept, vacuumed, and clean prior to the final walk-through. It is important that buyers are realistic and do not expect a house to be spotless. However, it should be in good and clean condition. In the event that there are piles of dirt or counters that are not wiped down, it can interrupt a walk-through.

Negotiations Are Not Met

Sometimes, buyers and sellers may make negotiations regarding the house. This can include certain repairs. It is important to ask the seller’s agent for proof that the repairs are completed to avoid any issues or missing repairs during the walk-through. 

Included Personal Property is Missing

Some negotiations may be made to include personal properties in the home. This can include appliances. If the seller had forgotten about the agreement or changed their mind, some personal properties might be missing.

Appliances Aren’t Working

It is important to test any included appliances during the walk-through. If something is not working, including HVAC systems, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, it can cause problems. This can be avoided by checking all appliances and systems before the walk-through.

Deferred Landscaping Maintenance

In contracts, people often agree to landscape maintenance. This can include waxed weeds, trimmed trees and shrubs, and a washed exterior of the house. It is unfair to the buyer if this is deferred upon the final walk-through. 

The Utilities are Shut Off

The seller is often required to have the utilities on during the final walk-through. If they are not, the buyer cannot test important systems and appliances. It can take days to turn utilities back on, which is why it is important to be done before the walk-through.

The Home is Damaged

Sometimes, moving companies or home sellers do not use care when emptying a home. This can cause damage to the home. To avoid this, sellers should do their own walk through the house after they move out to ensure there is no damage. If damage is present, it should be fixed before their buyer’s final walk-through.

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