Long Island Buyers Ask | Do We Need A Final Walk-Through?

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Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803

 Long Island Buyers Ask | Do We Need A Final Walk-Through? 

Client asks...We're Closing on our home tomorrow, and don't have time for the walk-through, do we need to do this?

Yes, Yes, Yes is our answer!
 
First let's start with the basics ~ The final walk through is the buyers last chance to check a property before they close.
 
The walk-through is done usually a couple days before or even the morning of the closing to make sure the home is in the same condition as when you signed the paperwork. We try to do the final walk-through with our buyers here on Long Island as close to closing as we possibly can. 
 
During the home inspection, if repairs were noted and necessary, it is now time to make sure that those items were taken care of. It's also time to check and make sure nothing that was supposed to stay in the house, has not been removed.
 
 A walk-through does not serve as recourse to get out of the deal, but it's sole purpose is to confirm the property condition. If something is not working that should have been fixed, these issues need to be brought to the attention of the seller immediately.  After you close, the property becomes yours in the condition it may be in. If you were given the opportunity for the walk-through and you passed, the responsible for repairing any broken items after the closing takes place will be yours.
 
 
There is no requirement that you conduct a final walk-through before closing on a property, but you're taking an unnecessary risk by not doing so. The final walk-through can be conducted by you, or a home inspector and we encourage our Long Island clients to take advantage of this last viewing before closing.
 
We tell them, it is a time to stay focused on your investment and examine the condition of the property one last time.
 
 
 
So is a walk-through necessary? 
 
In one word, Absolutely! 
 
 
Larry & Sheila are Licensed Realtors with Charles Rutenberg Realty and cover all of The North Shore of Long Island. Have other questions about the real estate buying process on Long Island, you can reach LARRY & SHEILA at 631-805-4400.
 
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Good blog. I always do final walk thru. You just never know. Goodluck
September 09, 2011 07:16 AM #1
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Missing the final walk through could very easily spell trouble. I think we both know how Murphy's Law works:)

 

September 09, 2011 07:45 AM #2
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Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

I always recommend a walk through. Occasionally the client won't do it, but I think that's a mistake.  I once found a basement wit 4 ft of water because the sump pump had failed-right at the time our winter snow melt was occuring.  Closing was delayed from Friday to Monday while the owner pumped out/dried out/and replaced the pump. Luckily it was an unfinished basement and the closing proceeded without further issue. You never know.

September 09, 2011 07:49 AM #3
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Larry and Sheila.

It is very important to check the house for the last time before closing.

Have a nice day.

September 09, 2011 08:01 AM #4
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Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Nice post highlighting a very important task in the real estate transaction Larry & Sheila.  Every closing should be preceded by a final walk-through.

September 09, 2011 08:07 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Josh, We always recommend a final walk-through!

Bill, Not often, but there have been times that the final walk-throughs brought up some concerns.

Robert, That was an important find and lucky that the walk-through took place.

Joshua, Yes, yes, yes final walk-throughs always!

September 09, 2011 08:08 AM #6
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

Shelia and Larry - I hope every buyer read this and understands why it's so important to do a walk through before closing on what will become (in most cases) their greatest asset. I can't imagine not having one last look to see if the condition of the  home is exactly what was agreed on before the closing. Suggested!

September 09, 2011 08:13 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Al, If they don't "have the time" it is a mistake and they should certainly have someone look before for them before signing the checks.

Kristine, We have actually had clients say to us that "they didn't have the time" but assured them it was a necessary step during the process. Thanks for your suppoirt!

September 09, 2011 08:17 AM #8
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry & Sheila, you are so RIGHT, this final walk-thru is so important.   If I have buyers doing a mail-out, I do the walk for them!    Time needs to be MADE for this important function prior to closing!

September 09, 2011 09:04 AM #9
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

With a purchase this big why would a buyer EVER take a risk by not having a walk-thru.  They do not take that long and can reveal any last minute issues.

September 09, 2011 09:08 AM #10
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Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
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I can't believe how many people don't want to do a final walk thru.  After I explain it's in their best interest, we do the walk through! :)

September 09, 2011 09:30 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Joan, We totally agree that final walk-throughs are a MUST!

Anita, You're right that the time involved is minimal, but finding that something was not taken care of is too important to dismiss.

Gail, It is in the buyers best interest and is widely recommended!

September 09, 2011 10:26 AM #12
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC - Aurora, CO
Your Real Estate Resource For Life!

L & S,  We always tell our clients that a walk through is a good idea.  Our sellers don't love it, but our buyers are happy to have one last peek before the closing.

September 09, 2011 10:29 AM #13
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

The final wlak through is an essential part of the transaction. Anyone who doesn't understand the importance of it will now after reading this post!

September 09, 2011 03:09 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Belinda, It really is a good idea, but not everyone thinks so until we give them our reasons for having a final walk-through!

Craig, We always tell our buyers that it's an important part of the whole process and they usually listen!

September 09, 2011 05:49 PM #15
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I'm lucky because the home inspector I refer likes to do final walk-throughs with my Clients and me. He has the best eyes and knows what the condition was at the time of the inspection, as well as what he couldn't see due to furnishings and storage.

September 09, 2011 05:56 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
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Jim, Your one lucky Realtor having the most knowledgeable home inspector in San Diego!

September 09, 2011 08:04 PM #17
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