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is the owner obligated to allow us (the purchasers) to view the home again for measurements?

We are in VA and we close in a week. We have been trying to get in for measurements for over 3 weeks with no luck... please advise.
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You could deduce a lot of the measurements from the appraisal sketch of the floor-plan (some have measurements), in combination with the plat, and GIS, or Google maps, measuring tools. You should have done this first time in. I never view a house without a 25 ft tape measure on hip.
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Personally, I can't believe one would make an offer without at least estimating the room sizes and sketching a floor plan.  But I guess Realtors don't want a client seeing a home for more than an average of 20 minutes before writing up the offer.

If the furniture doesn't fit, it is likely too late to change one's mind one week from closing anyway.  Might as well wait and finish getting the measurements after it is "yours".

Yes, I think all Real Estate agents and brokers should provide floor plans with all their listings.  But most don't.  You may be able to scale it from the aerial photos and building outlines on maps.google.com  But then you would need to have some clue of roof overhangs and how the interior walls line up with roof changes.

The birds eye views and street views also help with window locations.
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No, they're not, IYL. They should, but they're not obligated to.

All the best,
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Normally, this would not be a problem, but I would advise the buyer to write it into the contract just to make sure you are covered on this issue.  In Georgia, we call it a final walk through and it is customary that the buyer walk back through the home a few days before closing to make sure it is in similar condition to what it was when you wrote the ooffer, normal wear & tear excluded.
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... yeah moving OUT of a place, especially if sick, is emotionally not easy this time of year. I wouldnt push it....
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Were measurements mentioned in your purchase contract?    If not, then no, they don't have any obligations.  Usually an agent can negotiate to allow access, but not always.

Put yourself in their shoes, at the moment they are probably in an incredible frenzy of getting ready to move.   Things are in total disarray, stuff is stacked everywhere and they don't know how they are going to meet the goal.    It is their home still, when it is yours you can come and go as you please.
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The listing agent has advised my agent that the seller is sick.  Everytime my agent tries to set up a time the response is that the seller is still sick. One more detail: she has already moved most of her stuff into her new place (which is a few hours away). We had the opportunity to speak with her right after the inspection. As far as I know we are on good terms and we have only had pleasent exchanges with the homeowner. 
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If you have a Realtor does the agent say the sellers are not allowing it or what? The only time I have heard of problems getting in to see a house is when there was a rough - VERY ROUGH - negotiation or if the buyers have come back many times to get in for this or that. Normally a seller is ok with letting the buyers in to do measurements, but if after the inspection period they really don't have to allow it. The contract surely has a walk through allowance and that might be the only chance you get. Usually if your agent asks a convenient time can be arranged. 


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I am in Washington State so laws may vary, but I cannot see any reason why a seller would not want you to have access to measure rooms so that you can start to prepare your move.

If you are working with an agent on your transaction, they should be able to arrange a time for you to do this.  At the very least, you should have a final walk through time to ensure the seller has not damaged the property or taken items out that are disclosed as included such as the stove, or the dishwasher.

In our market, buyer's agents generally work with seller's agents to arrange the needed visits to handle the needs of the clients.

Good luck, and I wish you the best.
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