What To Do If You Forget To Make The Final Walk-Through
The last weeks and days before you move out of a house are hectic to say the least. You have to look for a moving company, change utility details, buy packing materials and so many other things, not to mention the process of packing. Getting time to schedule a final walkthrough with the agent can definitely slip your mind between all those issues.
Importance of final walkthrough
Taking that last walk through the house together with your landlord or the agent is important for your peace of mind. Instead of hearing about issues that were in your house that had to be sorted out using your deposit money, you can be a witness to those issues and sign off on them. A final walkthrough gives you the opportunity to remedy any damage in your house before leaving or to allow the agent to use your deposit money to fix them.
So, what should you do if you forget to make a final walk-through?
Trust the agent
The main purpose of doing the walkthrough with the agent is to confirm that every defect they write in their list is correct and not made up. However, if you forget to schedule the inspection and you move away from your old home, the only option is to trust that your agent will not cheat you. This is not something you can bank on but it helps to keep an open mind and hope he is a man of integrity who will not make up defects.
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Request for pictures
When in doubt you can request the agent to take pictures of all the areas that have defects. Of course it is up to him to agree and there is nothing you can do if they don’t want to do that. However, good people will go the extra mile and take picture for you so you can have peace of mind.
Make a trip back
Unless you have moved to another country, you can always drive or fly back after you unpack to do the inspection. You have to consider the cost of travelling versus the amount you want to get back from your landlord in form of deposit. If travelling back is not too costly, doing the walkthrough with the agent is always the best idea. Be sure to make the trip as soon as possible before the agent starts making alterations to the house.
Send someone to oversee the inspection
A lot of times people send other people to represent them if they are not available for a certain event or function. Having the house inspected is no different. If you forget to schedule the inspection before leaving, you can contact a trusted friend or neighbor who lives near the house to represent you. The person you choose will represent your interest just like the agent is looking out for the landlord. Have them take pictures for you and send you a list of all the things the agent said need to be repaired.
While it is important for you to be available to see the damages together with the agent, it is not a must for you to be available. The agent will still do another inspection and decide what amount of money to use from your deposit.
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