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Before you close on your Macomb County MI home – the final walk through. Don’t skip this important step!

August 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Buyers agency, tips for home buyers

Every time a buyer client and I go over the language in the 4 page purchase offer we discuss in detail the final walk through paragraph.   It is SO important for a home buyer to understand that prior to closing on their home we will be making another appointment to see the home.

Why is this important?

Years go I had a buyer client that did not want to have the walk through.  They couldn’t find the time to make it there the day before closing, or just hours before closing.  We all came to their morning closing full of anticipation and excitement on their purchase of the home, and impending move in.

Hours after closing they went to the home (the sellers had already moved out the weekend prior to closing), opened up the blinds to the family room patio door, and discovered that the patio door had been shattered.    They called me quite angry that the sellers had shattered the glass in the patio door and came to closing without telling anyone about it.

Thankfully I had photos taken from the home inspection (ask your buyers agent if they do this for you) and could prove that the patio door glass was just fine during the home inspection.    I made a call to the sellers agent and asked him to call his clients.   I asked that the sellers reimburse the buyers for the cost of replacing the patio door glass.  I also sent the agent the photos that I had taken of the the family room area clearly showing no damage to the glass.

The seller, upon presentation of the photo evidence, said they would reimburse the buyers for the repair.  They did keep their word.  We were all pleased that the buyers didn’t have to take them to small claims court for the cost of the repair, but we also were reminded of the importance of having the final walk through.

If we had walked through the home the night before closing, or the morning of closing, we would have noticed the shattered patio door.  It could have been addressed by holding out money from the sellers proceeds at closing until the repair was finished.

I learned my lesson, and I stress this to all my buyer clients:  The final walk through should be thought of as mandatory.  Don’t skip this step!

Kris Wales – A partner for your real estate needs in Macomb County MI
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