So, you’re buying a home.

A couple months ago, you found the perfect home. You negotiated the price, you signed an offer. Then, you contacted an attorney to write up a purchase & sale contract, contacted your lender, and contacted a home inspector to check out the property.

The home inspector found some problems, so you (your agent, that is) renegotiated the purchase price. The seller agreed to make some improvements, as well (maybe the water heater was old, perhaps there were some loose wires, or the electrical outlets needed upgrading). To ensure these problems were taken care of, these repairs were written into the contract.

Now, it’s a day or two before closing.

This is your last chance to make sure everything is okay with the property, and that the seller has completed all the required repairs.

A syndicated columnist reported on this, recently:

To avoid getting burned, you schedule the walk-through as close to the actual closing as possible, certainly within the 24 to 48 hours prior to closing. If possible, the sellers should have already moved out.

The whole point of the walk-through is to protect yourself and your future property from sellers who aren’t as nice as they seem to be, or who are actually as nasty as they appear.

By inspecting the premises, you’re making sure the seller has lived up to his or her agreements in the sales contract. And if he or she hasn’t, you want to know about it in advance of the closing so remedies (both monetary and otherwise) can be agreed upon before money changes hands.

What should you look for in a pre-closing inspection?

Read on: Inspect home before closing – By Ilyce Glink, Inman News, by way of The Baltimore Sun

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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