Real Estate Questions and Answers | Immovable
My wife and I recently sold our house. Before closing, a last visit was scheduled so that people who buy our house could take a look at it just before closing. We hadn’t planned their visit and no one told us it would happen until that morning. We were packing and moving and it was very uncomfortable for us. They had been there for over an hour!
We would like to know if this is a regular occurrence. What do you recommend?
It is a very common phenomenon. In the Colorado Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement, section 19.4 specifically states the buyer’s right to a “state visit and check.” This is intended to allow the buyer to check the condition of the property, prior to closing, and to ensure that the property and its inclusions comply with the contract. Our team reviews before entering into each transaction when working with the buyer and this allows everyone to verify that the condition is the same as when the contract was drafted and accepted. It is far better to find that the refrigerator is missing before closing rather than after closing. Finding problems after closing is then the problem of the new owner. If a refrigerator was supposed to stay with the house and it’s moved to Texas and we find out that after it closes someone buys a new refrigerator and decides who might not be easy. I bought a few too many refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.
You have been the victim of poor planning and communication from agents. Your agent should have educated you in advance and let you know that a walking check was standard fare and it can sometimes take an hour or so. Buyers don’t try to be in the way, they’re just excited about their new home and probably can’t wait to make it their own. When you are in the final stages of a move, an hour can be very embarrassing and seem like a lifetime, especially if you hadn’t planned it. I’m sorry it was uncomfortable, but it’s every buyer’s contractual right and your agent should have given you advance notice so you can schedule it. Next time you will be prepared and wait for their visit and it won’t be uncomfortable and you will probably find it nice to know them!
Speaking of communication, considering that it’s Father’s Day today, take a moment and pick up the phone to call your dear old daddy to say thank you for doing such a good job raising you. And to all dads, whatever form you take, happy fathers day! The work can be tough sometimes, so relax today and ârelaxâ if you can in this 100+ degree weather. Cheers!