Final Walk-Throughs

November 2, 2009 | 2 Comments

After weeks of house-hunting and negotiating, the time has finally come for you to close on your new home. It’s an exciting time! But before the final closing documents are signed you need to make sure you complete the final inspection. Most sales contracts allow buyers to inspect the property shortly before closing, commonly referred to as a final walk-through. Smart buyers use this opportunity to ensure that everything in the home is in working condition and that the sellers have adhered to the sales contract. Each room should be examined from ceiling to floor during a final walk-through, but this is not the time for a formal home inspection. The home inspection should have occurred right after the contract was accepted. The final walk-through is to make sure no new problems have arisen, and that any agreed-upon repairs have been made.

It’s always a good idea to have a final walk-through checklist. Some buyers are so caught up in the excitement of buying the home that they can miss an important detail that may cause problems later on. An example of a final walk-through checklist may include some of the following:

  • GENERAL: Have all agreed upon repairs been completed? Has all the paperwork been submitted? Have the sellers removed any contents that were to stay? Is the home clean and ready for you to move in?
  • WALLS, CEILINGS, FLOORS: Are there any signs of new damage? (water damage, stains, etc.)
  • ELECTRICAL: Do all light fixtures work? Does every outlet have power?
  • PLUMBING: Test each faucet. Check under sinks for leaks. Do all toilets flush properly? Any drains clogged?
  • WINDOWS/DOORS: Do all windows open? Do they all have screens? Do the locks work? Do all cabinet doors open and close?
  • APPLIANCES: Do all appliances operate correctly? Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Stove, Garbage disposal, Exhaust fans, Heaters, ceiling fans.
  • HVAC: Test the furnace and/or AC unit. Are any vents blocked?
  • EXTERIOR: Any damage to: Exterior walls, driveway, landscaping?

Source: ABR magazine, Volume XVIII, Number 10, October 2009


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