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Rhayward, Home Buyer in Brooklyn, NY

What should I look out for during the final walk-through?

Asked by Rhayward, Brooklyn, NY Mon Mar 18, 2013

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Mitchell Feldman’s answer
Dear Rhayward:

You simply have to make sure the property is in the same condition as when you had first made the deal. Basically it will be, unless the house was damaged in some way after you went into contract but before you close. If something like that was to happen, the seller would have to repair the property to the same condition as it was in before such damage occurred. Most people hire an inspector to check out a house, that is the most important thing.

As an example, lets say if a kid throws a baseball through the window the day before the closing, the seller would have to fix it. On the other hand if you see a small crack in the wall behind that big wall unit in the living room... the seller may argue that said crack has always been there and hence the seller would not need to fix it. Again, this is why it is important to investigate the condition of the house before you go into contract.

Having a problem at the walk-through is relatively rare, but it can happen.

Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
Email: MitchellSFeldman@aol.com
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The purpose of a walk-through is to make sure no damage was incurred from the move out and/or expose something that might have been hidden behind furniture...or anything major that may have occurred since you did your home inspection.

It is NOT another home inspection.

Good luck in your new home.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 18, 2013
It depends on the type of property that you have bought.
If it is a new Condo; make sure all the fixtures and finishes that were promised in the prospectus and contract are all in place.
If it is house. Broom swept clean means not a basement full of garbage, that again all the fixtures and fittings that were in the contract are still in the property. The the heat, plumbing etc all work. That tenants and other occupants that are supposed to be out are out etc. I once sold a house, the owners moved out ready for the closing, their grown children had no where to go so they were still there1 The closing got postponed.
Just generaly that everything is in the same condition and with everything that was there when you signed the contract to purchase.
It never ceases to amaze me that some sellers think that they can take all the appliances, light fixtures, dig up the whole garden etc
Good Luck, and congratulations.
Kathryn Lilly, Broker
Realty on the Greene, LLC
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