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Old 05-20-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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We are closing on the sale and purchase of homes next week and want to know what we need to expect from the buyers and what we need to do on our purchase during the walk-throughs just prior to closing.

On our purchase, we will make a visual inspection to ensure that no damage was done by movers. We will also check that all items are there, such as chandeliers and window coverings that are not mentioned in the contract as being removed. Because the outside temperature was too low during the inspection, we will turn on the AC to make sure it works. But that seems to be about it. Do we need to turn on every faucet and light switch? Do we need to flush every toilet? Do we need to turn on every appliance and even the heat?

Similarly, what can we expect our buyers to do on the walk-through? Our real estate agent says the buyers could take up to an hour, but I don't know how that's possible.

It all seems like common sense, but we haven't moved in a long time and I want to be sure everything is covered. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I also posted this on the real estate forum, but I wanted to mention it here in case there are any practices which are Long Island-specific. Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Smithtown, NY
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I would definitely do all that you mentioned. Can't think of anything LI specific. I don't remember spending more than 30 minutes at either of our 2 walk through inspections.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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Check the water pressure also.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:10 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Anything that was in your inspection report should be checked. Basically you're making sure that it is what you agreed to buy. Not the time to quibble over minor things that you couldn't see when the house was furnished, or you decided you just can't live with the flamingo pink DR I know some people recommend flipping every switch, running appliances, depends on your agent honestly. My sister sold a house once and the buyer's agent was a complete PITA and even made her run a dishwasher cycle.

I remember the buyer's agent kind of rushing my buyer's, LOL, and he didn't seem happy especially since we'd done work since the contract (installed egress window) but that's life.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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If the buyers claimed that they had screens for the windows and stormdoors when you initially saw the house during the cold weather, make sure that they are there. Pull every blind cord to make sure that when you give it a tug, it doesn't fall down on your head. Now that the weather is warming up, make sure windows and doors still open and close, locks still work. Turn on all appliances and see if the frig/freezer is still cold.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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For us we where just checking to make sure there was no damage in the house that we couldn't see when the furniture was in. The only thing we found was soot on the burner room and got $1000 off at closing.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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If the buyers claimed that they had screens for the windows and stormdoors when you initially saw the house during the cold weather, make sure that they are there. Pull every blind cord to make sure that when you give it a tug, it doesn't fall down on your head. Now that the weather is warming up, make sure windows and doors still open and close, locks still work. Turn on all appliances and see if the frig/freezer is still cold.
I have a question: Is it typical to ask for the window screens? We're about to go under contract on a house and during the inspection, we realized that not every window had a screen installed. We thought we saw some in the shed, but we weren't sure. Is that something we should ask for in the contract, or is that just being nit-picky? The sellers put in their paperwork that they are removing the air conditioning units and taking them with them.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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I have a question: Is it typical to ask for the window screens? We're about to go under contract on a house and during the inspection, we realized that not every window had a screen installed. We thought we saw some in the shed, but we weren't sure. Is that something we should ask for in the contract, or is that just being nit-picky? The sellers put in their paperwork that they are removing the air conditioning units and taking them with them.
Screens can get pricey and difficult to get....I would try to get them and ask the owner to put the stoored ones in the windows.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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Send me your email....I can send you a check list. Also run the washing machine and dishwasher thru entire cycle.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:44 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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I have a question: Is it typical to ask for the window screens? We're about to go under contract on a house and during the inspection, we realized that not every window had a screen installed. We thought we saw some in the shed, but we weren't sure. Is that something we should ask for in the contract, or is that just being nit-picky? The sellers put in their paperwork that they are removing the air conditioning units and taking them with them.
its not nit-picky. Put it in the contract - not in the contract you'll have a problem at closing. Your attorney should be aware of this kind of stuff. We put it in ours when buying our first house.
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