The final walk-through of your new home isn’t something to breeze through or take lightly.
Would-be buyers on the cusp of closing can use this opportunity to make sure repairs have been made, appliances and other elements are still there and in good shape and that the property meets the conditions you agreed to with the seller.
The last thing you want is to finalize your home purchase only to later discover problems or issues that should have been addressed before closing.
Here are eight tips to help you get the most from your final walk-through:
Try to schedule your final walk-through at least 24 hours prior to your loan closing. That gives the seller and the lender time to address any issues that arise during the walk-through. Bring a camera and copies of your contract and home inspection report to reference during your visit.
Make sure any required repairs have been satisfactorily completed. Alert your real estate agent immediately if something isn’t right. Some home inspectors may be willing to accompany you to assess repairs, often at a lower rate than what they charged for the original inspection.
You should also make sure everything that’s included in the home purchase is still there and in the same condition as when you last saw it. That can include light fixtures, appliances, furniture, pool tables and more.
Flip the lights on and off. Check the fridge, the stove and every other appliance that’s conveying with the home. Bring your cell phone or tablet charger to make sure power is running to every outlet. Check both the heat and the air conditioning, regardless of the season.
Flush all of the toilets and make sure all the faucets produce sufficient hot and cold water. Look for leaks or signs of water damage. Run the garbage disposal and the showers. Make sure there are no signs of mold.
Make sure all doors and windows are intact and open, close and lock properly. Look at window screens, storm windows and window sills, too, and be sure to check for adequate weather stripping and insulation.
Look for signs of water damage or cracking in all the ceilings. Check the floors to make sure they’re still in good condition. If there’s a crawl space or basement, check the foundation and look for signs of pests or standing water.
It might sound crazy, but check to make sure plants, trees, bushes and other landscaping elements are still in place. Home sellers have been known to dig up plants to take to their next destination.
Doing a final-walkthrough is always in your best interest. Talk with your real estate agent about how best to handle this before you even make an offer on a home.
You want to make sure you have an opportunity to view the property one final time before you sit down at the closing table.