9. The Final Walk-Through

 

Conduct Your Final Walk-Through

 

Your Right to a Walk-Through

The purchaser is advised to conduct a final walkthrough inspection prior to closing. At the end of the walkthrough, the buyer signs off on the Walkthrough Inspection Form. This form signifies the buyer's acceptance of the property in its current condition and notes any contractual deficiencies. Therefore, this inspection is best performed after the seller has vacated the property. I will be attending the walk-through with you. We will arrange this time/date amongst ourselves on the date of closing.

The purpose of the walk-through is:

  • To be sure that all included appliances, HVAC and plumbing, are in working order. Make sure to test all appliances, and run water from all water sources to check for leaks.
  • To ensure that the property is free and clear of debris, broom clean, and in substantially the same condition as date of contract.
  • To ensure that any contractual obligations have been met and all fixtures agreed upon remain. 

Paying for Repairs

Since lenders normally forbid the creation of an escrow fund to allow for repairs not made prior to closing, it may be possible with the mutual agreement of the seller and the buyer for the seller to credit to the buyer an amount that allows for the buyers to make the repairs. This should be arranged prior to closing and done with attorneys to ensure accuracy is in place. 


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