The final walk-through is your last chance before closing to make sure the home you have purchased is in order and everything is in working condition. This is the time to check and make sure any repairs that were agreed upon when you made your offer have been taken care of.
The final walk-through is one of the most important stages of the home-buying process. Even though the final days of closing are hectic â€” before you are officially handed the keys â€” make sure all your bases are covered by going step-by-step through this walk-through checklist.Â
Make sure all appliances are in working order. If you weren't already planning on replacing certain appliances â€” like the dishwasher â€” this unexpected cost can be a burden on other planned home projects.Â
In the kitchen and bathroom, turn on the faucets â€” both hot and cold â€” and then look under the sink for any signs of a leak. Repairs due to water damage can be extremely costly, so it's good to double-check and save yourself from a bigger problem down the road.Â
By flushing all the toilets in the home, not only are you making sure they function properly, but you might also be able to catch plumbing troubles that could have been hard to spot otherwise.Â
No one likes a weak shower spray, so check the showerhead to make sure there is nothing backing up the water flow. It is also important to check the tub stopper for any noticeable signs of a leak so the tub can properly contain water.Â
Along with checking the lights to make sure everything is wired correctly, it would also be beneficial to bring a tester with you during your final walk-through to check all electrical plug outlets.Â
Kitchen appliance repairs can be costly, so it's best to check that all parts â€” no matter how small â€” work properly.Â
A refrigerator runs day and night. It's one of the only appliances in the home that is in continual use. If the refrigerator isn't working properly, you face expensive repair costs and possibly losing a lot of food. Before you find yourself in a melted mess, check to make sure the condenser and evaporator are working properly to keep things cool.Â
Sometimes a seller will agree to leave behind the washer and dryer. If that's the case for you, check to make sure the filter is in good condition, the water heats and cools property, and there are no signs of wear and tear on the appliances.
To avoid one of the most expensive home repairs and to keep you from spending your moving days in uncomfortable conditions, remember to check the outdoor unit and/or furnace for any signs of malfunction.
Check that the garage doors are working properly by opening and shutting them while overlooking all the major parts for any visible signs of concern. If applicable, this is also a good time to make sure the seller has given you the remote controls so you can test those out as well.Â
Poor insulation can be a blow to your home's utility bill, so make sure all windows and sliding glass doors properly shut and lock. Also check for weatherstripping around the frame and that there is no obvious air flow in or out.
Take a look around the basement and attic to be certain all debris is removed before you begin to move in. No matter now small or easy certain materials may be to clean up, it is the seller's responsibility to have everything cleared out of the home before you are handed the keys.Â
It will be helpful to ask the seller for any owner's manuals or warranties for appliances â€” and heating and air-conditioning units â€” especially if they were recently purchased. This can help with any unexpected repairs that might need to be done and keeps you from having to take on more out-of-pocket expenses, if something should happen after the move has taken place.Â
Test the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are in working condition. Move-in day is a great time to go ahead and change out the batteries.
If you have previously agreed certain items be included in the home purchase, double-check to make sure all items are accounted for. Whether it's window coverings or light fixtures, keep a running tally of those items so you get everything you are paying for.