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Preparing for Your Final Walkthrough

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
A final walk-through is not a home inspection nor is it a time to begin negotiations with the seller about home repairs and contingencies. The final walk-through is an inspection performed within a few hours to five days before the date of closing. Its main goal is to ascertain that the home is in the condition you agreed to buy and repairs were made and nothing has gone wrong since the last time you checked the home out. Make sure to do a pre-settlement walk-through of the property, review conditions and confirm that the systems are in good working condition.

For an occupied home, make certain that the sellers’ belongings are removed before your walkthrough to be able to have a better opportunity to check out all systems and surfaces. It is a great idea to do your final walkthrough in the presence of the home seller because he or she knows all the home details and could answer your queries.

A vacant home is easier to inspect compared to an occupied home. You could thoroughly inspect the bearings and seals of the mechanical systems and find possible leaks. Home sellers usually move out of the home before closing. It is more important than ever to do a final walkthrough on a vacant home because problems could arise when it sits vacant for some time.

If the seller or agent has declared about the age of any item, condition, repair, warranty and service contract, those statements should be made in writing. Make sure to request the seller to give you all the warranties, instruction books, operator’s manuals and other relevant documents related to the various systems and appliances and systems within the property. Bear in mind that this will be extremely useful to you later on. Make certain that the utilities are turned on before your scheduled walkthrough. If utilities were off during your walkthrough, contact your inspector to ensure that the steps or checks you should perform to satisfy yourself that any uninspected systems are working properly before the closing.

Most often, homebuyers are pressed for time as the day of closing gets near, which could mean that buyers could be tempted to skip the final walkthrough process. Bear in mind that it is not a good idea to forego a final walkthrough inspection when buying a home.

Below is a checklist of items you have to check out during your final walkthrough of the home:

  1. Turn every light fixture in the home on and off.
  2. Run water and check out under sinks to find out if there are leaks.
  3. Test all home appliances.
  4. Check garage door openers and ascertain that they are in working condition.
  5. Open and close all doors.
  6. Flush all bathroom toilets.
  7. Inspect ceilings, walls and floors.
  8. Test the heating and air conditioning systems.
  9. Run the garbage disposal and exhaust fans.
  10. Open and close all windows.
  11. Make sure that debris is removed from the home.
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