It’s tempting to skip the final walk-through when buying your home, but as a Realtor, I view a final walk-through a crucial step in the home buying process. Final walk-through’s assure you that the property you are purchasing is in the agreed-upon condition.
Why Do a Final Walk-Through?
Final walk-throughs are not a home inspection or a time for negotiations. Instead, the final walk-through allows us to address common issues such as:
- If the current owner is on schedule to move out
- That the property is in the same condition it was when shown
- That any repairs required have been completed
Vacant Home or Occupied?
For homes that are vacant or still occupied, final walk-throughs are vital.
If the seller has moved out of the home, and it is now vacant, problems may have risen while the home was vacant. Leaking faucets causing flooding or other plumbing problems could have occurred, and a final walk-through will help catch the problem before closing.
On the other hand, if the sellers haven’t moved out yet, make sure the seller is present during the final walk-through. Sellers will be able to explain details about the house that the buyer may need to know, especially tricky pool heaters, access to attics, funny light switches, and sprinkler timers.
Additionally, the final walk-through is a time to compile a list of companies that have serviced the house in the past.
I like to schedule final walk-throughs at least 4 – 7 days before closing, as this is often enough time to resolve any outstanding issues before paperwork must be signed. (The walk-through itself may happen within 24 hours of closing.)
Checklist for the Final Walk-Through
- Electrical: Check the home’s electrical system by turning on and off every light switch and checking the electrical outlets. A great way to check the outlets in your home is to bring a phone charger and plug in your phone to ensure the outlet is functioning correctly. Also, check to ensure the garage door, security system, and doorbell are in working order.
- Doors and Windows: Open windows and doors to check latches and locks. Make sure your home is secure.
- Plumbing: Flush toilets, run faucets, and check under sinks for leaks. Make sure the bathrooms are free from water damage and that the sinks and bathtubs drain properly.
- Heating and Air Conditioning: Whether it is freezing or hot outside, test the heating and air conditioning.
- Appliances: Test the oven, dishwasher, open the fridge and freezer, and don’t forget to turn on the washer and dryer.
I’m dedicated to protecting my clients from the beginning through the end of the home buying experience. If you want to work with someone who pays attention to the details, give me a call today.