You’ve been perusing the real estate market for months to find the perfect home in the city of brotherly love. Now, with a settlement date in sight, you have one more hurdle to conquer: the final walk-through, usually scheduled within a few days before closing. This guide will provide the questions you need to ask and the items you need to check before signing on the dotted line.
Pack a Bag
During the walk-through, you should bring paperwork related to your home purchase as well as other items that will come in handy. This includes:
- Inspection summary and a list of agreed-upon repairs
- Paper and pen to jot down items of note
- Cellphone and charger so you can test electrical outlets
- Camera in case you need to take photos of damage
In most cases, the home inspection results in several required repairs that the sellers must make before closing. Your first item of business during the walk-through is to make sure these items were completed as agreed. If you’d like, you can always have the home inspector you hired come back for a final look of the repair items, or have them inspect it prior to your final walk-through to make sure all of the repairs were done properly. It might be a small additional investment but it is well worth the future headache, if the repairs were not properly completed. If they were not, take photos and detailed notes of the remaining work to be done.
Note Left-Behind Items
If the house has already been vacated, make sure that nothing has been left behind. The sellers should leave the home completely empty. This is especially true if the abandoned items include things that are toxic and/or difficult to dispose of, such as old motor oil containers, propane tanks or paint cans. You should also make sure that items that come with the house as part of the sale, such as appliances, are present as agreed.
Test the Systems
Plug your phone into each electrical outlet to make sure it works. Turn appliances on and off and note any issues that arise. Fill sinks with water and then drain to confirm the absence of clogs or leaks. If possible, turn on both the heat and air conditioning to check for proper operation. Don’t forget to check window and door locks, garage door openers, toilets, doorbell and security system.
Check for Damage
Issues can arise between home inspection and closing, especially if the home has been unoccupied. Closely check bathrooms and kitchens for signs of water damage and mold, especially under the sink and in other damp areas. Look for signs of pest infestations, which can include droppings, dry rot and wood damage.
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