I just had to blog about a story I just heard. I will never do a quick walk-thru with my clients again! Time to slow it down and get serious!
A lady bought a new home. She hired an inspector, a termite company, and local repairman, etc... to go over the house with a fine tooth comb. She knew she was going to have to do some renovations and updates, but she was very excited about her new purchase. She was extra happy to see a brand new, upgraded and very expensive stove and refrigerator had been added to the home as a selling feature.
So, she and her agent did the final walk-thru, and everything looked great. They went to closing and she bought the house. I'm not sure how long she waited to go back to the house. When she walked into her new home, she immediatley noticed the brand new (upgraded) stove and refrigerator had been removed and replaced with cheap low-grade appliances. The former owners were no where to be found, so the lady filed charges against the former owners. Not only that, when they started taking down walls....mold was found everywhere.
The former owners have still not been found. What should the lady have done to help prevent all this from happening? Even by doing everything perfect....this could still happen to anyone.
First....never skimp on a good home inspector! They are worth the money....but do your research to get a good one!
Don't come to the walk-through empty-handed. Along with your paperwork, you want to bring items such as light bulbs, a flashlight, a measuring tape, a carpenter's level, a power strip with surge protection, a roll of light blue paper shop towels, toilet paper, a camera, and if possible, your spouse or a friend. Place the blue shop towels under the sinks and toilets. If there are any leaks, it will show on the towels. Take the power strip and check all the plugs. Put bulbs in all the light fixtures to make sure they are working. Flush all toilets, run all appliances to make sure they all work properly, change the air unit from cool to heat and pay attention to the odors. Anything you want fixed before closing (that happened after all agreed upon repairs were completed) must be noted and demanded at this time.
Please, take pictures and notations of model numbers, brands, etc....of anything that looks new or that is a selling feataure to you. Looks like we, as agents, are going to have to get even more specific when we write up our offers.
Be ready to immediately change all the locks after closing. I mean.....have them in your car and go straight to the house after closing!
It's a fun hot market here inTennessee! Make sure in your excitement, you don't miss all the very important things!
It takes many professionals to get a home purchase completed.....so, make sure you hire the right team to help you get it done and done RIGHT!
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