Closing walk throughs are normally done as close to the closing as possible to eliminate overlooking last minute problems and serve a dual purpose: 1. the make sure the mome id in essentially the same condition it was when you went to contract. 2. to review those repairs that were identified to be done.
As references you might want to bring you inspection report and any pictures you took when you were previewing the property.
I'd say that if both homes are equal in every other way to go with the larger home with the finished basement. You didn't mention how much higher the taxes were but if you can afford the monthly payments for either home (and your mortgage person should be able to give you the difference in payments), pick the larger. You don't have to finish off the basement which alot of buyers want lately so for resale purposes this may be your better bet. Call me if you need a good Realtor! Deb Fusco/Weichert Realtors/(484)515-9627... more
I understand what Upara is asking, but I want to go in another direction. 3/4" Solid Hardwood can not be installed below ground level. Basements typically have a concrete floor and there is no reasonable way to nail solid hardwood into concrete. So that only leaves two other wood floor options.. an engineered wood that needs to be glued down, or a laminate floor.
With all respect if the seller just put in lock & click laminate floor, then no matter what they paid for the material and install its not worth anything. Only true hardwood(nailed or glue), vinyl, & tile are true capital improvements and depending on condition at resell can the seller expect to get some ROI back, but not 100%.... more