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Newbuyer1, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

Final walk through.

Asked by Newbuyer1, Philadelphia, PA Tue Apr 27, 2010

Who should do the final walk through of a home in addition to the buyer. If repairs have been paid by the seller should I contact a professional to check these repairs?

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You should do your final walk-through with your realtor present. If you had a home inspection, then it's wise to have the inspector present for a re-inspection as well if there were significant or non-cosmetic repairs. For cosmetic repairs only, it may not be necessary for the inspector to be present at your final walk-through.

Be sure to get copies of all receipts for repairs from the seller, as those should be warrantied for at least a short period of time after completion.


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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 27, 2010

You do things very different in the State of Tenessee.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 30, 2010
The buyer should be present and the buyer s rep should be present. If the repairs were noted by a home inspector , then he/she should be present to sign off on them.

Gary D. King, CRB, CRS
Realty Executives
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 30, 2010
If there are defects found during the inspection, I instruct my buyers that they have the right to ask for certain things to be repaired. We write an amendment with the right to give notice within the inspection time period. I always write on that amendment that these items need to be repaired/replaced by a state certified/licensed contractor with a detailed receipt of the repairs and lien waivers to be provided to buyer prior to closing.

If my buyer wishes to have their inspector return to make sure the repairs were done, that is what we do.

The final walk through is usually reserved to make sure that there were no hidden defects that could not be seen while the sellers items were still in the home. In addition to the other details already listed below.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 27, 2010
The Buyer's Agent should always be present with the Buyer. Have a list of repairs that were fixed and the obvious ones can be noted. For other repairs done by professional, request something in writing from seller to get from the repair service. Documentation goes a long way if you should have to litigate later on.
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If there were repairs specified in your contract or problems found in your home inspetion, where you requested the seller to repair, the time for reviewing and inspecting these repairs is either as soon as the are completed, when your contract states but should not wait for the final walkthrough or that could hold up your closing an dcause tension and cost money for the delays. The final walkthrough should be the last thing done, when the seller has moved out of the house, you walk through to make sure it is clean, nothing was left behind that should not be there and anything that should be there is there such as appliances or light fixtures. good luck with your purchase.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 27, 2010

Your question is a very good one.....

The inspection of the basic condition of the home is one easily achieved by the buyer in most cases. On the other hand there are issues that a buyer may have no background in and would therefore be unable to render an accurate opinion on these important areas. Concerns involving the roof, electrical issues, plumbing, HVAC etc. may best be left to a professional for their input.

We have had great success with matters of this nature by requestion the individual that did the home inspection to be available for the brief 15-20 minute walk through. The have an understanding of the issues at hand and are generally receptive when a small fee is involved.

Best wishes with your purcahse....remember, better safe than sorry!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 27, 2010
Your agent can best advise you--as for the repairs--what does the contract state--will receipts be provided to you at closing or right before; as for the walk through it's generally the buyer(s), however if you wish to bring someone with you it should not pose a problem--ask your agent.
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