Imagine this. You move into your new home for the first time after closing and, although you transferred the utilities into your name, the lights don’t turn on. There isn’t a single light bulb left in the house, the yard is overgrown and the leaky faucets the sellers were to have fixed still leak.

Most homebuyers aren’t faced with such an unpleasant surprise. You can gain some degree of control over the situation by completing a walkthrough inspection of the property within five days of closing.

Your purchase contract should include a clause that grants the buyers permission to do a final walkthrough inspection sometime close to the closing date.

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