January 23, 2018

Walk Through Your New Home Before Closing

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You put a lot of effort into finding the right house, and now that your closing is just days away, you're finally ready to start calling your new place home. Before this can happen, however, you should do a final walk-through of the property. Even if it is a brand new construction home. 

A final walk through isn't a home inspection. It's not the time to request new repairs, either or changes to your new home design options. Instead, this is an opportunity to make sure the condition of the home is as expected. Specifically, you'll want to confirm there haven't been any unexpected changes to the property. Damage may have occured such as a leak that either party was aware of. 

The final walk-through can happen anywhere from a few days prior to your closing to just a few hours before. I would suggest doing the day of closing.

Finally, be sure to bring a copy of your contract along for reference and consider asking your real estate agent or a home inspector to help you double-check everything and verify repairs.

Remember, this is your last chance to give the property a good once-over before you legally claim it as your own. And if it is a new construction, typically the builder gives you a year warranty that covers your home if anything should arise that is not working the way it should.  

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