One of the most exciting moments during the process of buying a home is having your first walk-through. It makes the process much more realistic than viewing pictures from your computer. This is the time when you and the agent explore the conditions of the home and check whether the home meets your basic requirements. Your final walk-through should happen a week before you sign the contract. This is to ensure the property’s condition hasn’t changed since your last visit. You’ve used various home loan calculators, you’ve met up with the agent and now you’re ready to move in. But take your time on the walk-through and carefully check on every room in the house.
Requiring maintenance upgrades
If you’ve negotiated with the seller to make certain repairs, be sure it’s stated in your contract. Once you’ve agreed upon the maintenance upgrades, schedule dates when you can review the work that has been done. Be sure to voice your opinion if you’re not satisfied with the upgrade or when the seller has not provided receipts and contact information for the contractors. You may then be able to negotiate a solution to the problem for your settlement not to be delayed.
Your walk-through expectations
You may be disappointed in the property when you see its condition after the seller vacates the home. Sellers are likely to only “broom clean” their property, where they only sweep out the space, but not necessarily deep-clean the place. People have different standards of cleanliness, but ensure you take the following steps during the walk-through.
- Have your home inspection report and a copy of your contract, as well as the seller’s property condition disclosure form handy to be able to flag anything you’re not happy with.
- Check whether the items the seller had agreed to convey over to you are there. Keep in mind these items need to be identified in writing, not just in an oral agreement.
- If the seller has left any items behind, it’s not your responsibility to get rid of them or keep them on your property. Be sure to do a thorough check of the property and let the previous owner know they’ve left their items behind.
- Test light fixtures and have a look at the exterior of the home, especially if there have been strong wind or rain storms since your last visit to your new home.
Taking an hour for one last inspection is a precautionary measure to take before moving into the home. After all, you don’t want to spend the first weeks in your new home cleaning up or making unexpected repairs.