Cash or Trash in the Attic?
Purchasing a home in North Carolina or anywhere for that matter is exciting, scary, worrisome and so much more all at the same time!
As more and more people begin to migrate to the North Carolina Coast to purchase a vacation home, or next permanent home, we thought it would be a great time to remind everyone about the importance of walking through a property prior to closing on real estate in North Carolina.
Or course we are going to see a property in person before we purchase a property in North Carolina!
This article is solely aimed at the final walk through prior to closing an a home in North Carolina. We discussed in other articles the importance of the initial walk though, inspections, and due diligence. In fact Due Diligence is such an important process of North Carolina real estate purchases, we thought we should put a link to that article again HERE for your review if you missed it!
Once all of the “standard” processes are complete including completing home inspections, due diligence and due diligence requests and / or repairs requests, finalizing your home loan, setting a closing date, lining up the moving trucks and the packing are all complete, DO NOT FORGET TO DO A FINAL WALK THROUGH OF THE HOME YOU ARE BUYING!
We have had countless instances to where after closing the sellers have left A LOT of unexpected items in the home, garage and even the ATTIC! For some reason sellers just think that leaving items in the home for the buyers is okay. Don’t believe it? One way to find out is by not doing a final walk through and see what you end up with….
But on a serious note, this has become a major issue we are having to deal with here in the Southport, Oak Island and St James Plantation, North Carolina area. While this may be due to the fact that we have a lot vacation homes here on the coast of North Carolina, it is still an issue.
While there may be some items left that are of value to the buyers, more than likely you will be making a run or two to the dump!
So how do we avoid the Trash?
There are numerous protections in the North Carolina Real Estate offer to purchase contract that protects buyers from unwanted trash being left in the property after the purchase, but unfortunately enforcing those protections can take time and end up being costly.
It is much more effective to get ahead of the problem before it ever begins!
Most North Carolina real estate agents or Realtors, will advise you to complete the final walk through of a property you are purchasing on the day of closing or the day before closing. This is a great idea and while we do agree, unfortunately this does not leave you with enough time to ensure the sellers clean out unwanted items before you are forced to close on the property at the closing attorney’s office.
So what is the solution?
We here at Southport Oak Island Realty Group recommended doing multiple walk troughs in the days leading up to closing. This will allow you as the buyer to see the progress of the seller moving out, and at the same time give the sellers the hint that you are aware of what is in the house and what is beginning to linger around as more and more items begin to leave.
We cannot stress enough to also look in the attic, sheds, garage, crawl space or any other places that be holding the magic pile of trash you do not want to have to deal with! Trust us, it is well worth the extra effort to catch it in advance rather than deal with it after!
We look forward to working with all of our home buyers and sellers in North Carolina and only want the best for all parties involved in all of our real estate transactions.
Call us today to speak with one of our experienced North Carolina real estate agents today!