Are you about to close on a new home? Before signing the final paperwork and getting handed over the keys, it is important to take the time to conduct a thorough final walk-through of the property. This allows you to ensure that your home is in good condition and that any agreed-upon repairs have been made before closing.
In this blog post, we will discuss the must-know details to keep in mind during your final walk-through. With this information, you can ensure that your new home is safe and sound before signing on the dotted line!
What is a Final Walk-Through & Why is it Important?
A final walk-through is one of the final steps of the home buying process and is an opportunity for a buyer to evaluate any changes made since their initial viewing prior to closing.
Although this is not a comprehensive inspection, buyers need to do the walk-through as it guarantees that everything looks good and will allow them to move into their new home safely and comfortably.
Additionally, suppose issues remain after the walk-through. In that case, buyers can address them with the seller and may be able to delay closing until they are fixed.
What Should You Bring to a Final Walk-Through?
- Your final contract. This document will define what should and should not be in the house when you buy it.
- A notepad to write down any questions or observations you want to discuss.
- Your phone/camera to take pictures of anything you want to make a record of.
- Phone charger to confirm that outlets are functional.
- Your Inspection summary to make sure all repairs have been completed.
- Your real estate agent. They’ve done plenty of times; they can answer questions and help guide you through the process.
What to Look for in Your Final Walk-Through
So what should you be looking for in your final walk-through? Accidents happen, situations may have occurred since you last toured the property, and things can get banged up when the seller or prior tenant moves out.
It is crucial to keep in mind what you have agreed upon with the seller. Below we’ve listed out a few important things you should be on the lookout for.
- Check the Condition of Floors, Walls, Countertops, and Appliances
- Look for Damage or Signs of Wear
- Confirm that All Fixtures are Present and Functioning
- Check the Roof, Foundation, Gutters, and Shutters
- Look for Cracks in Walls or Broken Windows
- Inspect the Lawns and Gardens for Problems
- Review the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Check for Properly Installed Handrails
- Confirm that All Electrical Outlets are Grounded
By conducting a final walk-through of your new home, you can ensure that it is in good condition and that any agreed-upon repairs have been made. This will allow you to feel confident and secure in your new home.
Remember to keep an eye out for the items listed above, as they are essential details you should check for during your final walk-through. With this information in hand, you’ll have the peace of mind new home is safe and sound before signing on the dotted line!
Ready to ensure your home buying experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible? Working with an experienced DeSelms Team agent will ensure that you have the necessary information and guidance when it comes to final walk-throughs. Contact our team today for more details!