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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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4 Important Tips on Home Inspections when Buying a Home

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A professional home inspection can not only provide a great education about the home’s systems, but also be a crucial tool in negotiating the most equitable price on the home, according to HouseMaster, one of the first and largest home inspection franchisors in North America.

“Our experience and research shows that approximately 40% of resale homes have at least one defect that can cost a home buyer a minimum of $500 to repair,” said Kathleen Kuhn, President of HouseMaster.“A home inspection by a professional and qualified home inspector is an excellent tool to encourage home sellers to make repairs or make further price adjustments as a result of conditions noted in the inspection report.”


According to HouseMaster, below are tips to ensure that home buyers make an educated decision when purchasing a home and get the best price possible:

1. Inspect the Inspector. Only hire a home inspector with an excellent reputation and credentials. Ask how long the company has been in business, ask about specific formal training and ongoing education the inspector has and verify the inspector carries professional liability insurance also known as “Errors & Omissions” (E&O). If the company doesn’t carry this insurance, it could indicate a poor track record or lack of experience.

2. Ask for a sample of a report. The credentials of the inspection company and the quality of the final inspection report will be important. A poorly prepared report without pictures or clear, concise details addressing all the various systems and accessible elements of the home is less likely to be taken seriously by a home seller.

3. Inspect ancillary systems. It’s hard for home buyers to know what they need, so be sure to ask what additional services the company offers. If the home you are considering has a septic system for example, a professional home inspection company may offer septic system inspections or can coordinate that service for you. Generally, the company will offer you a multiple services discount as well as the added convenience of only having to attend one inspection appointment. Other common services offered by home inspectors are termite inspections, mold screening, water testing and radon testing.

4. Go along on the inspection. Ask the inspection company if they encourage buyers to tag along on the inspection. If the inspector discourages you from going along and asking questions, find another inspector. A home inspection is not simply a laundry list of what is wrong with the home. In addition to documenting issues and needed repairs that may exist, a professional home inspector will also show the new buyer how to operate the various systems in the home and provide tips on improving energy efficiency and maintaining the home in general. And being present during the inspection will make the final written report that much more meaningful.

Source:  RISMedia and HouseMaster.com


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