Closing on a West Chester or Liberty Township Home for Sale?
You’ll Want to do a Final “Walk-Through” First
Date: January 31, 2018
You’ve spent months scouring West Chester or Liberty Township homes for sale and now the time has come – you’re just days away from closing, days away from calling your new place home. Before this can happen, though, you’ll need to do a final walk-through of the property.
What is a final walk-through?
A final walk-through isn’t a home inspection (that should have already happened by now). It’s not the time to request new repairs, either. Instead, this is an opportunity to make sure the condition of the home is as expected. Specifically, you’ll want to confirm that there haven’t been any unexpected or unwanted changes made to the West Chester or Liberty Township home for sale.
What should you bring with you to the walk-through?
Definitely bring a copy of your purchase and sales agreement with you to the final walk-through. You’ll want to have the contract handy as reference regarding what was promised as a condition of sale.
You should also bring your West Chester or Liberty Township, OH real estate agent with you. Any experienced Realtor will have been through this process a million times over and can guide you through the process. Although it’s usually not necessary, if you have requested substantial repairs prior to closing, you might ask your home inspector to tag along. Your home inspector will be able to gauge whether the repairs were done properly.
What should you look for during the walk-through?
You’ll want to make sure that there isn’t any move-out damage and that all of your requested repairs have been made. For instance, if you asked that the back deck is repaired as a condition of closing, be sure that it’s been repaired.
At the same time, you’ll want to check that no extra furnishings have been left behind and that everything included in the home price – items like appliances, light fixtures or window blinds – are in place and in good condition.
We just recently worked with a client who expected the basement to be cleaned out before moving in. On the day of the closing, we toured the West Chester home for sale and during the final walk-through, realized that all sorts of the sellers’ personal belongings were still in the basement. We actually had to delay the closing by two days in order for the seller to clear the basement accordingly!
If this feels daunting, don’t stress out. Remember, your West Chester or Liberty Township real estate agent will be by your side. Just for good measure, you might want to print off a checklist to be sure you don’t forget anything along the way.
When does the final walk-through take place?
The final walk-through can happen anytime from a few days prior to your closing to just a few hours before. In the instance I mentioned above, the walk-through was scheduled just a few hours prior to closing – but wound up being a few days before closing because (as a result of the walk-through) we had to delay the closing to give the sellers more time to clear out the basement of their West Chester home for sale.
Remember, this is your last chance to give the West Chester or Liberty Township home for sale a good once-over before you legally claim it as your own. Don’t blow off the final walk-through. After you sign the closing docs and have keys in hand, there’s no going back. The home, regardless of the condition it’s in, is now yours (YAAAAY!!!!).
Want to learn more about West Chester or Liberty Township real estate for sale? Give us a shout. One of our agents would be happy to have a no-obligation conversation with you about all of your real estate needs.