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A pre-closing, or upon
delivery of possession, inspection is an extremely important part of the
process. Defects which are not noted promptly and reported to counsel may
become a problem that the purchaser has to fix which, if timely and properly
brought to the attention of the attorney would have been repaired by the
As a seller, you should
walk through the house a week or so before the buyer comes to do the
pre-closing inspection. Make sure all of the representation in the Contract
of Sale have been met and that nothing has happened since the Contract was
signed which will delay the closing or cause a problem when everyone gets to
the closing table.
As a buyer, the inspection
is the only way to guarantee that you get what you are paying for. While
it's nice to learn all about the neighbors and the neighborhood, anything
you miss during the inspection may well result in additional, avoidable
costs for you. Check to make sure the property is in the condition it
was in when you saw it, that all the systems, appliances, etc. are in the
condition that was promised in your Contract and that all required repairs
have been made.
A walk through
inspection prior to closing is important - Both buyers and sellers
should use this checklist to make sure everything is in the required
condition before the closing or the delivery of possession
Determine if repairs, required by
your contract, have been completed and if basic systems (plumbing,
heating and electrical) are in working order (and, frequently roof
free from leaks). Get warranties if
possible and applicable
Look for any signs of roof leaks or
water penetration. Weather damages may occur between the time of the
inspection and the time of closing.
- Check all appliances to
determine if they are in working order. Look for signs of leaks. Check
the garbage disposal, run dishwasher through a normal cycle. Check ice
maker or ice and water dispensers, if applicable.
- Run water in drains, check for
hot water, flush toilets and check for leaks. Check under vanities, as
Check the heating/air conditioning equipment. Listen for abnormal
sounds from the outside and inside units if applicable. Run system on
the heat and cool cycles. Check air flow and temperature in all rooms.
Never run an air conditioning unit that has had no electrical power
for at least 24 hours or if the outside temperature is below 60o.
- Check electrical light switches
and outlets (bring a hair blower to plug into outlets). Trip G.F.C.I.
- Observe the areas or items that
were inaccessible during the professional inspection- (obscured by
furniture or stored items)- or not tested because they were shut down.
- Check Intercoms, burglar
alarms, doorbells, lawn sprinkler timers, water heaters, etc.
- Look for damage caused by
inclement weather; tree limbs, hail, etc., or from a disgruntled owner
- Look for signs of settlement
or structural problems in walls, driveways, garage floors or patios.
- Check water level in pools and
listen for any unusual noises from motor equipment.
- Check windows, doors, screens
and screened enclosures.
Keith, Shapiro & Ford
666 Old Country Road, Garden City, New York 11530
Print this and take it with you at the walk through!
A pre-closing walk through inspection
is very important for buyers even though you have had a professional
inspection before you went to contract. Things can change between the time
you sign the contract and the time of possession. Don't let fear of
offending your seller deprive you of a thorough inspection.