What To Look For In The Final Walk-Through
You’ve finally found that perfect home! You’ve made it through the negotiations, the home inspection, the repairs – to say you’re excited to sign on the dotted line and make this home yours is most likely an understatement. However, there is one last thing you should probably do first before you make anything final, and that is the final walk-through, and it should not be taken lightly. Although you may have already scoured the house, there may be something you’ve missed, and you don’t want to have to pay for any repairs out of your own pocket after the mortgage bills start rolling in. The Platinum Group, REALTORS have created a checklist for you to use during that final walk-through.
Before heading over to the house for the final walk-through, you should grab a few things to help you out.
- The contract. It’s best to grab a copy of the contract to make sure what you see during the final walk-through matches the terms you agreed upon.
- A notepad. You don’t want to forget anything that you saw or changes that may need to be made, so jot anything down that you’ll need to discuss with the seller.
- A camera. It’s best to document everything that you make notes of, so if there are any repairs that haven’t been completed or any damaged areas, make sure to snap a picture.
- The inspection summary. It’s best to bring along a copy of the inspection to double check that all repairs have been completed as promised.
- Your REALTOR. While it’s not necessary to do the final walk-through with your real estate agent, it’s best to bring them along. They can answer any questions as well as guide you through the final walk-through process.
- Cell phone and charger. This is a great way to confirm that the electrical outlets are functioning properly.
Now it’s time to head out for the final walk-through. Here are a few things you should check before signing on the dotted line and making that house your home.
Make Sure Repairs Are Completed
This is the first thing you should look at before anything else. Ensure that all repairs stated on the inspection summary have been completed and that the seller has left behind warranties and receipts for the work. If something breaks, you’ll want to be able to follow up with the person or company that made the repairs.
Check The General Sale Items
Ensure all items that everything is in order according to the sales agreement. Make sure that items that are supposed to be left behind are there and any unwanted items have been removed. You’ll want to schedule your final walk-through before the closing day to ensure the sellers are able to clear out their belongings before move in day. You’ll also want to check that all garbage and construction debris from the repairs have been removed and the property has been left clean and damage free from the movers.
Turn On The Lights
While the electricity is checked during the home inspection it’s best to test all the lights and outlets. Flip the light switches on and off, the make sure they are working correctly, and double check all the light fixtures to make sure they are still in the same condition as they were during the previous home tour or home inspection. Take your cell phone and charger and make sure all the outlets work.
Is It Working?
Even if it’s a hot summer day, make sure you turn on the heat to ensure it’s working correctly, and do the same with the air conditioner. Verify the doorbell, security system, garage door are functioning. It’s also a good idea to make sure the plumbing system is working as well. Flush all the toilets, make sure all sinks are draining properly and there are no leaks anywhere. Also, make sure to check that all the appliances are working.
Open The Windows
While it may seem like a lot of work, it’s worth it to know your items are secure in your new home. Go around and check to make sure there are no broken windows and that all the latches are working. Also, note if there are any tears in the screens or if any screens are missing.
Take A Walk Around The Exterior
While a majority of the things you need to check are inside, it’s a good idea to also take the time and do a lap or two around the exterior to make sure that the landscaping is in order. This also gives you a chance to take a look around the outside of the property and make sure that the outside features, such as an irrigation system or fountain, are working properly.
The final walk-through is one of the final things you have to do before the home is yours. This is an exciting time in the home buying process, and it’s also an important time, so we don’t want you to miss anything. If you’re ready to start looking for a home in Colorado Springs, give The Platinum Group, REALTORS a call at 719-536-4444.
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