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Fedorkop, Home Seller in Allentown, PA

We are closing on our sale tomorrow at noon. We have been informed that the buyer is bringing their electrician with them to the walk thru for a bid.

Asked by Fedorkop, Allentown, PA Mon May 13, 2013

As this is still our home, can we tell them they need to wait to have their electrician come until after closing?

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Ted Kostzewski’s answer
The buyer I assume had a qualified inspector go through the home as part of the contingencies. In the contract or offer, there are usually time frames for completing each contingency. Those time frames have long since past. While they can still back out of the deal, your attorney would probably advise you that the buyers' deposit or binder would be at risk if you have lived up to all your contractual obligations.
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You probably can. Unless there is something to hide, I would not recommend it, however. It may needlessly upset the buyers (you want the closing to go smoothly, don't you?) and make them think you are trying to hide something. Instead, I would find a way to mention, in a nice way, that he is welcome, but that anything he finds or quotes them shall not affect the closing. The negotiating is all over and has been for a while. The walk-through's purpose is to assure the buyers that the property is in essentially the same condition as when they they first saw it.
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The final walk through is to ensure the home is in the same condition as when you negotiated your purchase and sale. Also, to make sure that you are leaving or taking items that were agreed to. But, you will be sending up a red flag if you said no. Just make sure you inform the buyers that the electrician is not to open the electrical panels or take off wall plates and that he/she is just allowed to look. Make sure you make it clear that there will be no additional adjustments based on the electrician's opinion.
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Bill explaination is very complete.
I would add that the electrician can be allowed in the home but you do not grant permission for any activity such and opening the electrical box, entering the attic or pulling out that silly polarity checker.
Such activity was completed during the home inspection that the buyer paid for or waived.
I would image the buyer has a vision for the new look of their new home. They are excited and are unaware this action is disturbing your peace. The concern may simply be what approximate cost is invoved to run 220 the support the spa. Choose kindness and don't dampen their enthusiasm.
By the way, congrats on getting your home sold.

Best of success to you,
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The purpose of a final walk thru is to insure that the home is in the same condition it was when you went to contract and that the needed repairs were completed. As long as the buyer understands and accepts this, what harm can be done?

You may be correct in having questions about this.....is the visit for the purpose of putting together a proposed bid for work to be done in the future or another level of an inspection prior to closing.

In my opinion, it's important to be as cooperative as possible with buyers but shouldn't they be able to wait another 24 hours to be able to accomplish this task on the new owner's calendar?

Where does your agent stand on this?

Good luck,

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You can but you're sending the wrong message, unless you want to have them thinking you're trying to hide something. I'd relax (unless you do know there is something wrong with your electrical system) and let them do their thing
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