Final Walk-through – The Most Important Step To Buying An Orange County Home
If you’re planning on buying an Orange County home one of the most common things that you’re going to do with your Realtor at least four days before the close of escrow is to go through the final walk-through.
What Is The Final Walk-through?
This important stage in the home buying process will give you the ability to walk through the home that you’re going to buy and examine it to make sure that the homes condition looks exactly the same as it did when you first submitted your offer.
Stay On The Lookout
During the final walk-through, make sure that you examine the walls closely, check out the carpets and flooring, inspect the fixtures and be aware of any smells like mold. This final step in the home buying process can potentially save you the hassle of paying thousands of dollars in repairs for damage that you are not responsible for causing.
Take Your Time
As you’re walking through the home that you’re going to buy make sure that you also take the time to do a visual inspection of the roof and gutters that are attached to the home. Does the roofing material look like it’s in good shape? Are the gutters securely attached to the home? If the answer is no to either question, you could find yourself in the position of having to pay for a new roof or worse when the rains come this winter.
Another thing that you should do during the walk-through is ask questions and communicate with the seller, especially if you find that changes or improvements to the home have been made recently. This will enable you to also find out who made those improvements and verify if they are a qualified contractor or sub-contractor in the state of California or not. Quality work will last for years to come while poor-quality work will many times not withstand the test of time and you could find yourself making major repairs to your home either six months or one year down the road after you buy it so it’s always best to due your absolute due diligence during the final walk-through.