8 Final Walk Through Tips
When you take your final walk-through before closing your property deal, you really need to focus and check everything as carefully as possible. This is your last chance before signing on the dotted line to ensure that all necessary repairs have been undertaken, everything agreed to be left (appliances, carpets, etc.) are in good condition, and that in every other way the property matches up to your agreement with the seller. Don’t let your excitement about moving into a new property be spoiled by having to address faults and flaws that the vendor should have made right.
The Final Walk-Through – Last Chance to Check
Below are some suggestions to make your final walk-through as productive as possible.
Take your time
Ask your vendor to let you take the final walk-through a minimum of one day before closing the deal. That will give you both some time to rectify any problems identified during the walk-through itself. Take along a camera or camera phone, a copy of the contract, and any home inspection report so you can record any issues you observe.
Make sure repairs are done
Take a list of all the repairs that you agreed to, and check them over one by one. If something hasn’t been done, speak to your vendor at once. Your home inspector may agree to perform a second visit with you to check on repairs at a lower price than that charged for their first visit.
Check conveying items
Make sure that every item detailed as part of your sale is in situ and is in the condition you expect. These items may include furniture, carpets, light fittings, cookers, washer dryers, etc.
Make Sure everything works
Test all the lights. Take a careful look over all the appliances included in the sale, such as the oven, fridge, washer dryer, etc. Take along an electrical item, such as a cell phone charger, so that you can check all the sockets are working. Test the heating and air conditioning systems, no matter what the weather is like outside.
Try all the faucets to make sure they are operating correctly, and flush each toilet to ensure it refills properly. Keep an eye out for any indications of water damage/leaks. Try out the garbage disposal and run the water in the showers. Look out for any indicators of mold.
check doors and windows
Look carefully for any breakages or cracks to the doors or windows, and test them to make sure they open and close without sticking and that the locks work. Examine the window sills, storm windows, and window screens, making sure they aren’t warped and are well sealed. Ensure the insulation and weather stripping are satisfactory.
Look at the Floors, Ceilings, and Crawl Spaces
Make sure there are no indicators of water damage and/or cracking in receiving. Ensure that the condition of the floors hasn’t deteriorated since your first visit. If the property has crawl spaces/basements, look over the foundations to ascertain if there are any indicators of standing water or bugs/animal damage.
Check your yard
You might look paranoid, but have a look over the yard to ensure that none of the shrubbery, trees, or other greenery has been removed. It’s common for sellers to remove their favorite plants and take them away.
The final walk-through is an essential part of your purchase. Ask your realtor to advise you on how to get the most out of it, even before you think about offering to buy. Remember, once you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to get restitution for any imperfections you missed.