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Step 23 to Buying a Home: Attend the Walkthrough

Once you’ve received the Clear to Close, we’ll schedule the final walk through.  This usually occurs the night before closing and is a chance for you to walk through the property and make sure it’s in the same condition as it was during the inspection. The walk through takes about 20 minutes. Please let us know what day and time would be best for your final walk through.

Here’s what you should check at the final walk through:

1. Verify that all repairs have been made.  Be sure to obtain copies of paid receipts and any related warranties in advance of the walk through
2. Make sure all of the appliances are still working
3. Check to make sure the sellers didn’t damage anything moving out
4. Look to make sure all items included in the sales price (lighting fixtures, blinds, curtains, etc.) are still there. This includes anything that was attached to the wall previously such as shelves, TV mounts, etc. unless noted as being excluded on the contract
5. Screens and storm windows are in place or stored somewhere
6. Test the intercom, doorbell, alarm, HVAC and hot water to make sure they all work
7. Property should is in “broom clean” condition meaning it doesn’t have to be perfectly clean, but you have to be able to clear out any debris with a broom
8. Ask when the trash is picked up, where the parking is, where the storage unit is, etc.
9.Get the garage door opener (if applicable) and any other remotes
10.Locate any instruction books and warranties for appliances and fixtures
11.Make sure all personal items of the seller and all debris have been removed including clothing, food in the fridge, etc.

Here is what the final walk through IS NOT:

A. It’s not a time to have your parents, friends, etc. come look at the property or for contractors give you estimates, etc.  All of that can wait until the next day once you officially own the property.
B. It’s not possible to begin moving boxes or other items in to the property at the walk through. That has to wait until you officially close on the property.
C. It’s not when we receive the keys.  That will happen at the end of closing.
D. At the end of the walk through, we need to inquire as to how you will get the keys, any fobs, and the mailbox key.  Usually these items are given to us as the buyer’s Realtor and we’ll bring them to closing. They are then given to you at the end of closing. However, if you are in a doorman building, verify whether the doorman will have the keys and whether he or she will be able to give them to you after the closing or whether you will need to present a written form.

What happens if you find damage at the walk through or the seller didn’t do one of the repairs he was supposed to do? 

You have three options if you discover damage at the walk through or the seller didn’t repair something he/she was legally obligated to repair:

-You can delay closing by a few days/weeks and ask the sellers to repair whatever items are damaged
-You can ask the sellers to put money into escrow to cover the cost of the repairs so you can still close on time
-You can ask the sellers to provide a credit to cover the cost of the repairs so you can still close on time, but have the funds to pay for the needed repairs after closing
-If the sellers are not willing to do any of the above you can cancel the contract and walk away from purchasing the property.   That rarely happens though and is the last option if we’ve exhausted all other options.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the final walk through.  We’re almost there!

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Gina Casner

In 2016, I began my tenure in real estate as a licensed Executive Assistant for a leading real estate training coach and subsequently for high-producing real estate teams. I very quickly fell in love with real estate and by 2019, I transitioned into personally helping clients turn their dreams into keys. After dozens of transactions, I have been dubbed the “unicorn hunter,” finding out-of-the-box solutions for clients looking for a home with unique requirements. In addition to managing my real estate practice, I am involved in providing community education on responsible home ownership through my exclusive Path to Home Ownership workshop series. I also am the founder of Chronically Strong, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local communities. I take a holistic and individualized approach to real estate. Buying or selling a home in Central PA can be complex, sophisticated and often a deeply personal endeavor. Your experience should mimic the high level of customer service all of my clients have, while being very specific to your own individual needs. I work with a team of experts to provide a full, complete experience that only a cohesive team can consistently provide. Working with us, you will be given personal attention in every aspect of your home buying and selling experience with the professionalism and consistency of a thoughtful business model. And yes, superior results will follow! On a personal note, I attribute my success not only to my passion for helping clients execute on their next “big move”, but also to my knowledge regarding the psychology of buying and selling. My clientele works in diverse industries with an emphasis on technology, finance, medicine, law, and business. My real estate practice has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to friends, family and neighbors. This track record is only possible because we deliver both results AND an enjoyable experience. Growing up, my family moved frequently all across the continental U.S., but you will hear me say that I am from California because that is the longest place that I lived during my formative years. Moving became a way of life for my family and each place I lived became a part of my story. It taught me that our home truly is the foundation of everything in our lives, and it is this belief that compels me to work hard for my clients when they are buying or selling their home. In many ways, our home becomes a part of our identity, an identity and memory that should be honored. I have been accused of being tenacious and super honest. I like to win (for my clients) but do so with a calm demeanor and a smile. I live in a raised ranch home in Lower Paxton Township with my main squeeze, my teenage son, and our very spoiled dog, Ginger. I have mad faith, and truly believe that each and every one of us is capable of great things. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors’ in Sociology. There is a running joke in my family that every day I go to real estate school because every day my clients teach me something new. I continually invest time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Why? Because I believe that you deserve to have the best working for you. I want to live life on my own terms, and am committed to helping you do the same. Would you like to work together? Please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you! Gina

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