A final walk-through before closing is one of the last steps in the home-buying process. If you’re like many homebuyers, you’ll be excited (and somewhat distracted) at this stage. However, what may seem like a formality can actually be your last chance to discover—and avoid—a costly problem with the home.
While you’ve probably had a professional home inspector examine the property in detail, literally anything can happen between inspection day and closing. Whether the home is vacant or occupied, external forces can always reveal or create a problem.
Final Walk-Through Checklist for Homebuyers
It can be helpful to have a list of things to check during this hands-on inspection. At first glance, you’ll want to make sure all debris is removed from the home. Also, ensure all appliances and fixtures not specifically excluded from the sale are still present.
Additionally, be sure to:
- Inspect walls, floors and ceilings
- Flip each light fixture on and off, including outdoor lighting
- Open and close all doors, drawers and cupboards
- Open and close all windows; check window locks
- Run water from each faucet and look under sinks for leaks
- Flush every toilet
- Test heating and air conditioning
- Test garage door openers
- Ensure fences, deck and concrete are in good condition
If the seller is present during your final walk-through, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the home. It can be helpful to know about your new home’s little quirks. For example, knowing which of several access points to the crawlspace is roomiest can be great information to have.
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