Buyers, don't forgo 'final walkthrough'

Eliminate hassle with repairs, contractors, home systems

Imagine taking possession of your newly purchased home and finding that every light bulb has been removed, the place is filthy and the dining room light fixture that was to have been included in the sale is gone. Not only frustrating and disappointing, it’s natural to wonder what else might be missing and what to do next.

First, call your real estate agent and report the general condition of the property. The purchase contract should specify what condition the property should be in when the sellers turn it over to you. The contract might specify that sellers’ personal property that isn’t specifically included in the sale and debris are gone. If an item like a dining room chandelier that is permanently attached to the house is not included in the sale, this should be spelled out in the contract.