Why is a walk-through necessary?
Buying a home is so exciting that buyers often overlook the small stuff that can drain their wallet later. A walk-through gives the buyer time to inspect the property before closing to ensure it’s in the same condition as it was when they made an offer. If repairs or replacements were part of the contract, it’s also a time to check the repairs and replacements are to your specifications. “Once the settlement is complete, the home and any issues and concerns you previously had are yours now,” says Veronica Sniscak, Realtor & Partner at The Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Integrity. “I always suggest the final walk through the day before or the morning of the settlement,” says Sniscak. These are the 15 questions everyone should ask before buying a new home.
Make sure all the issues were addressed
It’s rare a home inspection doesn’t turn up something that needs to be addressed. The walk-through is an opportunity to make sure the repairs or replacements were completed to the agreed upon specifications. “In the case of known repairs, requesting documentation of who did the repair and when it was completed is a very important step for buyers,” says Pat Knight, Director of Training and Licensing at WIN Home Inspection. Knight is quick to remind buyers that the guarantee of the work may only apply to the current owner because they paid for the service. “Knowing a repair is incomplete or not functioning correctly is important in the process of buying a home,”says Knight.