Buyers, make sure you do a final walk through.
I recently was working with a buyer that had been referred to me. It was not the first time that they purchased a home. They had purchased a home a few years ago and they were moving into the area and their home had already sold.
We sat down and went over everything we would be doing. I figured this would just be a “refresher course” since they had bought a home a few years ago. Funny thing is that during our talk they would occasionally look at each other. Finally when I began to explain about what would happen during the final week prior to closing, they finally said “This is amazing”. I wasn’t sure what they meant. So, of course I asked.
They said that with their first purchase they had not ever sat down and discussed the buying process with their agent. And most surprising to me was the comment they made that with the purchase of the first home their agent did not have them do a final walk through! (Gasp!)
Of course I had flashes of everything that could have gone wrong go through my mind. What a risk that was. I asked if their agent had possibly gone through the home for them (which I always recommend that the buyers do their final walk through themselves with me of course) and they said no. The agent figured that the home was good as they just did their inspection 3 weeks ago and the home was vacant. Oh my gosh!
Please, buyers, make sure you do a final walk through. Make sure you are there! Don't take chances! Don’t think that something can’t go wrong in a vacant home. For one thing, an air-conditioner can work one day and not the next. It is also possible that someone could have broke into the home and stole all the appliances or done damage to the property. There are many things that could happen even in a vacant home.
Buyers, make sure you do a final walk through. This will protect you. If there is something wrong, the seller will need to correct it BEFORE CLOSING. If you are concerned that it will delay closing there are ways to set money aside at title to take care of something that may have occurred since you were in the home last.
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Ron & Brenda Cunningham
WEST USA REALTY
1640 S Stapley #124
Mesa, AZ 85204
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