What should I expect at the final "walk through?"
Whether you buy a new home or one that has been occupied before, you want to make a final inspection before settlement. The "walk-through" should be scheduled long enough before settlement so any problems can be solved before you receive the keys.
- Examine the home closely
Examine the home closely to see that any contingencies the seller agreed to have been attended to. Then look for any flaws that might have escaped your notice earlier. For instance, how does the home look without your predecessors' furniture? Has the builder made any changes since you saw the home before? Are the items that are supposed to remain still there?
- Negotiate problems
In some cases, problems will have to be taken care of after settlement. Just make sure you have a written agreement to that effect (with a timetable specified), to prevent misunderstandings.
- Ask all your questions
Don't be shy about asking questions during your final walk-through. Make a checklist of questions and answers and put your requests in writing as soon after the inspection as possible.
- Get some help if needed
If you're not sure what questions to ask, take your agent or an experienced inspector along with you. Or consult a home maintenance book ahead of time to alert you to problem areas.
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