Watch Out For A Limp Handshake When Buying Real Estate

My dad spent a good deal of time teaching me how to do a proper handshake when I was a kid. Not to light not to firm.  I also learned a handshake meant your word was good.

If you are buying a home in Northern Virginia a handshake, limp or otherwise, won’t mean the dining room chandelier will still be there when you get the keys to your new home. Getting it in writing is the only way to be sure what you see is what you get.

The Virginia Regional Sales contract has a number of check boxes covering the major items in a home and what will convey.   Most of the time there are no problems but when there is trust me it’s not pretty.



I recommend to my clients if there is something specific, even if it is on the checklist, that we make sure it is noted in the contract.  Another line of defense is to take a photo of any item you think might “walk” before closing and your home inspector will be noting the serial number of major appliances as well.

With changes to our new regional sales contracts and new lending requirements going into effect (August 2015) we may be doing two final walk-throughs on your new home. This will give us a chance to make sure what everyone agreed on conveying with the property is indeed still there.

If you are looking for a Realtor® to represent you on a home purchase in Northern Virginia give me a call at 703-346-2213.  We’ll make sure we get all of the details of your contract in writing.


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