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Final Inspection: What To Expect

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Final Inspection: What To Expect

Congratulations!

If you’ve made it to final inspection, you have come a long way and are nearing close to the end of selling your house.

The final inspection is a very exciting day for both buyer and seller, as it marks the final hurdle before the property sale becomes official.

Final inspections are not mandatory, but buyers usually want to take the opportunity to look around and make sure that nothing untoward has happened to the property since the contract was signed.

The property seller has a right to be present on final inspection date, and the buyer has a right to bring a maximum of two other people to inspect the property.

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The buyer is entitled to one last inspection before the sale is officially locked in. This typically occurs in the week before the agreed settlement date and allows the buyer to ensure that the property is in good condition up to the standard that is outlined in the contract of sale.

This includes ensuring that any and all additional fixtures, fittings or extras outlined in the contract of sale are all in place and in good condition. As well as inclusions, the final inspection is used to ensure that any and all exclusions that are outlined in the contract of sale are also in order.

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Common items that buyers have a right to check at final inspection include:

  • Ensuring all appliances listed in the contract of sale are in working order
  • Measuring space to position furniture
  • Cleanliness
  • Working plumbing and electrical
  • Scoping for deterioration or damage since the contract was signed
  • Inspecting repairs/renovations that should have been carried out
  • Has anything been left on the property (rubbish, possessions, anything outlined in the exclusions of the contract of sale?
  • The more involved buyers may go as far as to test electrical sockets, garage doors, appliances and heating and cooling, etc. It is ultimately up to the buyer to take charge over the inspection and examine the aspects of the property that are most important to them.

Buyers are entitled to one final inspection but can request a number of additional inspections if faults in the property are found. But if they claim this, it doesn’t necessarily entitle them to withhold settlement, as they must provide proof that the damage or inconsistency in question does in fact breach the contract of sale.

They may have overlooked damage before the contract was signed. If however, there is substantial new damage, the seller is deemed in breach of the contract and repairs must be conducted before the sale can proceed through to settlement.

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On occasion disputes do rise as out of final inspection. You may attempt to resolve them through discussion, negotiation or coming to a compromise.

It is important for both parties to continue to have legal representation throughout the entire sales process, through to settlement, to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and your interests are protected.