How Long Should The Final Walk Through Last?
Even though walkthroughs involve checking out a property’s status, you should not confuse it with a home inspection. Despite the similarities, the latter delves deep by examining a building’s structural strength while the former merely confirms that repairs agreed upon earlier were carried out. A few days after your moving day, you should arrange for a final walk through. At the same time, this could also work the other way around when you are the one preparing to buy a house and move in. If so, make sure that you plan carefully and seek the help of a professional moving company.
Duration of the walk-through
Considering that you had toured the property before, the final walkthrough should not last long. However, the length will depend on your level of preparedness. The size of the home also matters; a two-bedroomed apartment will not require as much time as a five-bedroomed mansion for instance.
When planning for the final property inspection, ensure that you have a flexible schedule. Most likely the person or family that occupied the house has moved out and taken all their belongings. On your part, you have also packed and alerted the moving firm. Choose a suitable time when you will not have to rush things over.
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Check that the seller has left behind the items they promised
When you were negotiating for the house, there are things the seller promised that you would find. Some of these include a refrigerator, dryer, washing machine and so on. Confirm through a checklist that these items are intact. If some are missing, the owner should explain why and consent to give you a price-cut for the same. This back and forth activities can prolong the walkthrough process.
Carry a phone charger or electrical tester
These gadgets help verify to the buyer or landlord that the electric outlets are working correctly. In every room that you enter, just plug in the charger and connect it to your phone. If you see it charging, there is your proof that electric power is flowing through the outlet. Alternatively, you can use an electrical tester which yields results faster than a phone charger.
In the seller’s presence
If you are selling, being present in a final walk-through session gives the buyer a huge advantage. You, as the immediate former occupant, know the house’s nooks and crannies. Get ready to share as much information as you can and answer the buyer’s questions truthfully.
While final walkthroughs are not intended to take long, at times, they can be prolonged. The home’s size and your preparedness can influence the duration. Plan to have the activity soon after you have completed moving out of your present home. You should also check that you see the items promised and if not, find out why. Also, carry a tester or mobile phone charger for verifying that power runs in the sockets. Inspecting a house in the presence of a seller is beneficial. All these aspects collectively impact on a final walk-through’s estimated time.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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