Buyers, prepare yourself –

A lot goes into buying a new home, and we’re here to walk you through every step of the way, but what you need to know is that the FINAL walk through is the most important. But, what is a final walk through anyway?

A final walk through was designed in real estate for the buyer to check the home and confirm it is in the same condition as it was when the offer was made. This also checks to make sure the home is actually vacated.

It also gives the buyer negotiation room incase work that was agreed upon between the buyer and seller has not be done. This is a HUGE step in homeownership, and you need to make sure everything is in order and up to your standards.

Take the walk through seriously. It’s smart to run faucets, make sure toilets flush, and check windows. Also, don’t pass up these 5 important tips for this big day.

  1. Avoid doing the walk-through on the day of closing

Sometimes, you may find problems that need repaired, and if you schedule in advance, you will have to make time to make those repairs happen.

  1. Use your cell phone

That’s right, we said it. Charge your phone throughout the house to ensure all outlets are running effectively. While testing your outlets, turn on the lights in each room as well.

  1. Test the waters

Turn on all the sinks and check that the water is running and there are no leaks. Be sure to flush the toilets as well to ensure they work properly.

  1. Channel your interior decorator

Sometimes you might fall in love with the home because of the way it was staged, beware, this home will be empty when you close, and it may seem cold and hollow. Don’t fret, channel your interior decorator and start by making your new home how you envision it!

  1. Open and close

Whether you are closing in the warm summer months, or the cold winter months, make sure you open all the windows and close them. The windows or doors could have quirks to them but appear to be perfectly fine. Ensure you are testing any doors (including closets or cabinets) to make sure it won’t be something you have to fix right after moving in.

If you are ready to embark on the journey of homeownership, contact a member of Union Home Mortgage. We will be happy to assist you with all of your homeownership needs! Happy house hunting!