Homebuyers: Follow These 4 Tips During Your Final Walk-Through

When the time for your final walk-through arrives, following these four tips will help the experience go smoothly.

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The final walk-through is a critical step in the real estate process, but many buyers aren’t sure exactly why this is or what they should look for when they enter the property for the last time before closing.

Ultimately, the final walk-through is designed to help buyers verify that the home is in the same condition it was when they made their offer and that the agreed-upon repairs have been made.

In order to ensure your final walk-through goes smoothly, keep these four tips in mind:

1. Don’t schedule the final walk-through on the same day as closing. Doing this could make it difficult to fix any issues you find in the event that the home is not in the condition you expected.

2. Bring along your phone and its charger to test the outlets. Plug your phone into every last outlet. This simple trick will help you to verify that they are all in working order.


If you made your offer on a staged home, you should expect the vacant version to look very different.
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3. Look for any belongings the seller left behind. Sometimes, items are abandoned on accident. Other times, the seller simply wanted to ditch their unwanted items with the hope you wouldn’t notice until after closing. Either way, you don’t want to be left dealing with the seller’s junk.

4. Be emotionally prepared for surprises. If you made your offer on a staged home, you should expect the vacant version to look very different. Staging can hide certain cosmetic problems, like scratches or dents, and can totally transform a home.

As always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Home Sellers: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

If you plan on putting your home on the market soon, there are six common home seller mistakes you need to avoid.
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Here are the six biggest mistakes homeowners make when selling their home that you need to avoid:

1. Picking the wrong agent. The right agent will be able to communicate with you effectively, not to mention be punctual. Timing is very important when selling your home, so communication is key. They’ll also be honest and straightforward with you, rather than agreeing with everything you say and telling you what you want to hear.

2. Overpricing your home. Price is everything when marketing your home. Even a well-priced home with a bad marketing plan will sell.

3. Failing to make a simple repair. If there’s some minor damage around your home that a buyer would spot instantly, repair that damage before listing.

I understand if you’re emotionally attached to your house, but when you sell it, you need to think of it as a property.
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4. Neglecting to declutter. Most buyers start their home search online, and if your home’s pictures are showing your clutter instead of all the open space, there’s a good chance buyers won’t even look at it in person.

5. Not allowing adequate home-showing access.
I’ve found that if a buyer wants to see a home but the seller tells them to come back another day, about 80% of them never do. Either that or their agent never reschedules. This is why it’s important that your home is show-ready at all times.

6. Getting super emotional about your house.
I understand if you’re emotionally attached to your house, but when you sell it, you need to think of it as a property. This means if you get a lowball offer or a buyer who plans on doing some remodeling, you shouldn’t take it personally as long as you end up getting the price you want.

As always, if you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.

The 10 Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Don’t open the door to a frozen home. Instead, follow these winterization tips.

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If you aren’t living in your home during the winter, you need to take steps to ensure it survives the cold unscathed. Here are the 10 steps to take when winterizing your home:
  1. Turn off the main water line to your house
  2. Drain your water lines after turning off the main line
  3. Disconnect all of your hoses and turn off the inside line that goes to the hose
  4. Pour antifreeze in your toilet bowls to prevent cracking
  5. Clean out your gutters to prevent ice dams
  6. Turn off gas lines to appliances you aren’t using
  7. Unplug all of your electrical outlets
  8. Adjust your thermostat to around 50 to 55 degrees
  9. Ensure your sump pump is functioning properly and has a backup battery
  10. Close the damper in your fireplace so nothing comes in

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to helping you.