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Be Sure Not to Overlook These Items on a Final-Walkthrough

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[tweetmeme] It is an exciting time when everyone is ready to finally close the deal on your new home.

It’s guaranteed to be hectic right before closing, but you should always make time for a final walk-through. Your goal is to make sure that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Ideally, the sellers already have moved out. This is your last chance to check that appliances are in working condition and that agreed-upon repairs have been made. Here’s a detailed list of what not to overlook for on your final walk-through.

Make sure that:

* Repairs you’ve requested have been made. Obtain copies of paid bills and warranties.
* There are no major changes to the property since you last viewed it.
* All items that were included in the sale price — draperies, lighting fixtures, etc. — are still there.
* Screens and storm windows are in place or stored.
* All appliances are operating, such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer, oven, etc.
* Intercom, doorbell, and alarm are operational.
* Hot water heater is working.
* No plants or shrubs have been removed from the yard.
* Heating and air conditioning system is working
* Garage door opener and other remotes are available.
* Instruction books and warranties on appliances and fixtures are available.
* All personal items of the sellers and all debris have been removed. Check the basement, attic, and every room, closet, and crawlspace.

Although you’re feeling the emotions and excitement of moving into your new home, be sure to stay diligent before the deal is sealed.  If something doesn’t seem right or you have additional questions, be sure to get them addressed.  You don’t want to be left with a costly issue after you move into your house, especially when it could have been taken care of before the close of escrow.

Investing in a home can be overwhelming.  There are many important factors to consider.  The best way to feel more confident during the home buying process is to gain the necessary knowledge.  Attend a real estate seminar in your local area.

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