“Can’t I just stop by and look in the window?”
You’re buying a house. You’ve even had that offer accepted on the house! But now, you’re not allowed back in the house until the inspection. That doesn’t seem quite fair? I mean, you’re planning on buying it anyway, can’t you take a look at the inside again?
This seems obvious but you actually have no right to go back inside the house without your real estate agent or without making an appointment. Plus, the seller can actually forbid you to see inside the home until either the inspection and/or the final walk-through.
I can’t tell you how many buyers we’ve had that have peaked in windows, trespassed on the property, or even found open doors and windows to sneak into in order to take measurements or to show their friends and family the property.
This is illegal and it is considered trespassing.
We recently just had a homeowner who agreed to a mutual acceptance of an offer on their vacant home. A few days later I had a call from a neighbor that said they saw someone snooping around the house and crawling through a window. I called the homeowner to ask if they knew who this might be and they had no idea. So of course, I called the buyer’s agent and asked if their buyer has been by to see the property. Surprisingly, the agent actually said yes, she told them they could go look at the property again.
Agents should know that without proper scheduling and permission, buyers are not allowed on the property or in the home before final closing unless the contract states otherwise.
Remember, the buyer does not own the property until the deed has been recorded with the county and all monies have been disbursed after final closing. Most contracts do stipulate that the buyer, along with the buyers agent and or inspector, is allowed back on the property for inspection purposes and the final walk-through, usually a couple days before closing. Other than that, the only thing a buyer legally can do is drive by the property, take pictures from the road or sidewalk or view it from the outside. They legally cannot go on the property or in the property without proper permission.
Although it has not happened to us, there have been sellers that have terminated the transaction because buyers were so nosy and trespassed on the property so much, the seller decided to terminate the transaction. Now, this is an extreme case, but it does lend to the gravity of the situation.
Just don’t do it. If you want to get into the property go through the proper routes by calling your agent, setting up an appointment, and being as reasonable as possible. Most sellers won’t mind buyers taking a second look at the property, especially if it’s vacant, but go through the proper channels so that you don’t get in trouble and don’t risk losing the property.