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Walk This Way

by Tami Heitzwebel

It’s almost here – your closing date!  Maybe you have been thinking about how you are going to arrange your furniture or getting quotes for some work you want done to make it “your” home.  But there is one thing you need to do prior to closing—a final walk-through.

There are a few really good reasons to do a walk-through before you actually close on your house.  You want to make sure the home is in the same condition as when you made your offer and/or inspection.  You will want to make sure that the utilities—electric, water, gas—are on so that you can make sure that everything is functioning.

It’s also a good time to confirm that any repairs made are to your satisfaction.  Vacant houses can develop problems if they sit for any period of time.  Finally, you want to make sure that the home is actually vacant.

I always suggest that buyers do a final walk-through because you never know what you might find.  Some things to look for include:

  • Checking the outlets to make sure each room has power.  An easy way to do this is by using your mobile phone charger.
  • Looking at all the bathrooms – flush each toilet and turn on both hot and cold water in the sinks, showers and tubs.  Make sure there is hot and cold water.
  • Taking a peek in the kitchen refrigerator – make sure that nothing has been left behind.  Do the same with the dishwasher. 
  • Also take a look in the washer and dryer.  More often than not, in the heat of getting ready to move, sellers tend to forget that final load of laundry.
  • Making sure the air conditioning and/or heating systems are up and running.  Even if it is 100 degrees outside, run the heating system for a few minutes! 
  • Being on the lookout for what my assistant jokingly calls “gifts with purchase.”  Sellers will sometimes leave furniture and other items that they just don’t want to move.  Take a look in the garage or storage sheds for left-over paint, used oil, propane tanks or other items.  These items may require special disposal and if you don’t know they are there, you may be on the hook for some costly disposal fees. 

Be prepared for the house not to look like you remember.  If the house is now vacant, you may notice carpet outlines or fading from furniture being moved.  Remember that some appliances, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers may not be included in the purchase and should have been removed.   There may be some small homes in the wall from prior hanging pictures. Was there a mounted TV?  There may be some larger holes if the sellers took out the mounting brackets. 

A final walk-through could save you time and money.  Take the time to do one before you close.  If you have any questions, give me a call.  Team Heitz is here to help! 

Running the Marathon

by Tami Heitzwebel

I recently went to Boston to watch my husband run in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.  This was his 5th time running in the marathon and we really enjoy soaking in the whole marathon atmosphere.

It dawned on me that helping you, my clients, is sort of like running a marathon.  Sometimes, it does feel like a race to the finish line, especially when a property ends up with multiple offers.  But, there are several similarities between gearing up for a marathon and your real estate transaction.

First and foremost, you need to train for a marathon.  You also need to have a trained real estate professional when you buy or sell a home.  As a Realtor© with over 17 years of experience, I am more than ready and able to go the distance for my clients.  The next important thing marathon runners need to have is stamina.  My husband has a whole training routine he follows religiously so that he does have the stamina to make it through the 26-mile course.  Real estate pros also need to have the stamina to take your transaction from the initial contract negotiations through the option period, inspections, appraisals and if all goes well, closing.  Sometimes the marathon goes smoothly and according to schedule; other times, detours pop up and it’s my job to make sure that we navigate through them and still make it to the finish line. 

Finally, it takes a team effort to successfully complete a marathon.  There are certainly some people who do it on their own, but generally, friends and family are there to cheer on and encourage a runner.  I also have my own team – Team Heitz – here to help you get to the finish line.  Give me a call – I’m ready to run to new "Heitz" for you.

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Tami Heitzwebel
RE/MAX Associates Northeast
2940 Oak St.
Kingwood TX 77339-5525
281-361-2245