Think carefully about the additional terms inserted into the contract, like having the furnace cleaned, and receipts provided before or after closing, and dealing with holdbacks. While your lawyer may be able to assist you in interpreting those terms later, the wording included must be specific and thorough. Moreover, your lawyer’s ability to assist you before or at closing is further limited if your lawyer doesn’t see the contract until conditions have been removed and the contract is binding; there may be little that can be done. And remember, any work your lawyer needs to do around interpretation of or negotiation around those additional terms will likely be an added expense for you, as it’s over and above the usual work done to complete a sale or purchase. To save yourself as much inconvenience and expense as possible, consider consulting with your real estate
lawyer about any additional terms prior to entering into the contract.