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Essential Steps: Doing a Walk Through Before Closing

Q. Why is it important to do a walk-through before closing on a home?

  A. You need to do a walk-through with your REALTOR® typically within 24 hours of your closing to make sure the home is in the condition specified in the contract.

You’ll want to look at each room (which now should be empty and clean), examine the hardwood floors, check the ceilings for leaks (in case there has been a recent storm), test the windows, turn on the appliances etc. to ensure there aren’t any surprises. You also want to check on the completion of any negotiated repairs or replacements that you and the seller agreed upon.

If you find any problems, your REALTOR® will help you determine what you should pursue (such as possible new leak under the sink) with the seller or what you can handle yourself.

If you’re buying a new home, you need to visit the property with the builder’s representative and create a “punch list” of items that are not completed to discuss at closing. You should get a written confirmation on when the builder will complete those items.

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