I heard of a good tip today while speaking with a local realtor who encourages “courtesy walk-throughs.” She suggests that the seller request a walk through with the current owner before closing but after all the negotiations and inspections. I like this. It decreases or eliminates the amount of call backs for the realtor and inspector. If the buyer gets to walk through the home with the current owners they can talk about the findings of the inspection report and any subtle quirks that only an owner living in the home for an extended period of time would really know all about. Things such as internet connections, garbage pick up schedule, sprinkler systems, neighbor agreements, etc.
The first line of defense for any home buyer or owner is a thorough home inspection. Add a courtesy walk-through for capturing more knowledge.