Buying a home is a very exciting time in your life. It’s one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make in your life. But, before you close that deal, you need to make sure the home is in safe, livable condition. That’s why it’s very important to do a final walk-through before closing your deal.
Generally, the walk-through will happen anywhere from hours before two days before closing. It’s at this exciting moment that many buyers skip the opportunity to take a thorough look at the home. The excitement of holding your new house keys shouldn’t stop you from doing your final inspection properly. This will save you a lot of unnecessary headaches and expenses later.
Final Walkthrough Checklist
The checklist below needs to be in your possession during your walk-through. Have a pen with you so you can mark off completed items, and make note of things that need to be done. Before closing, discuss any issues you have with your real estate agent as soon as possible.
- Have all of the repairs that were agreed upon in your sales agreement been completed?
- Has the seller given you all of the warranty paperwork for any recent repairs made?
Make sure that all of the fixtures and other items that are supposed to come with the home are in tact:
- Play structures
- Sauna or hot tub
- Light fixtures
- Remotes for garage doors, alarms, ceiling fans and automatic sprinkler systems
- Owner’s manuals for home systems and appliances such as alarm systems, fireplaces, heating system, air conditioning system, etc…
Doors & Windows
- Do all of the doors in the home open and shut properly?
- Do all of the windows in the home open and shut properly?
- Do all of the windows in the home lock securely?
- Are all of the window screens in tact?
- Does the home have any storm windows that are missing?
- Do you see any condensation in between any double-paneled windows?
- Are any of the windows broken?
- Do all of the toilets flush properly, without running, leaking or emptying slowly?
- Do any of the faucets leak?
- After the sinks and bathtubs are filled up, do they drain properly?
- Do you see any signs of leaks under sinks or in the basement?
- Do all of the lights turn on and off?
- Are all of the outlet face plates intact?
- Do the areas in the bathrooms and kitchen near water sources have GFCI outlets with working “test” and “reset” buttons?
- Are all of the circuits in the circuit breaker labeled?
- Are both the front yard and back yard clean?
- Are the sides of the home clean?
- Has everything been removed from the garage, basement and/or attic?
- Do you see any signs of bug infestations?
- Do you see any signs of pests, such as mice or rats?
- Are the carpets clean?
- Are the window coverings clean?
- Have all of the seller’s personal belongings been removed?
- Has all of the debris and trash been removed?
Author Bio: This checklist was written by Kiesha Joseph, a content marketing expert for Jensen and Company REALTORS®. Jensen and Company is a leader in Deer Valley real estate.
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