You’ve found the perfect house, negotiated the price, completed the inspection, and now you’re ready to grab the keys and move in, right? Not so fast! As eager as you may be, the final walk-through is a very important step in the home buying process and should not be overlooked or done carelessly. This is your “Speak now or forever hold your peace” moment or the last moment to call it quits. In order to make sure you’ve covered all your bases, here’s a checklist to make sure you cover all your bases in your walk-through:
What to bring with you:
Housing contract + inspection notes
Notepad + pen
Camera/Cell phone for photos
Don’t forget to check:
Faucets + Plumbing: Take a good look around the kitchen, bathrooms, and all faucets to search for any watermarks/damage, mold, or standing water. This is also a perfect opportunity to check that all faucets are working properly, toilets flush correctly, water isn’t leaking, and the drainage.
Appliances: Washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, heating units, air conditioning unit, stove, oven, refrigerator, bathroom fans, sprinkler system, etc. Check them all!! I know it’s a lengthy list; however, the last thing you need is to move in and then have to spend more $$$ to fix an appliance you believed to be working properly.
Electric: Test all the outlets in the house. An easy way to do this is to bring a phone charger and plug your phone into each outlet. Don’t forget closet lights, ceiling fans, outdoor porch lights, and take a look at the circuit breaker.
Doors and windows: Open and test the locks on everything! It can take a bit of time, but you’ll be happy to have peace of mind that everything is secure and working properly.
Exterior: Make a lap around the property checking all siding, shingles, gutters, nearby trees, and the rest of the landscape. Everything should be properly cleaned and ready for your move.
Pests: Call me crazy but I want you to make sure you and your family are the only living things in your new place. While going through the rooms and around the outside of the home, take careful note of any signs of pests. This includes cracked flooring or wooden beams, dry rot, and droppings. If you notice anything strange, be sure to have a talk with the seller before signing paperwork.
Inspection Notes: Check over all the notes from your inspection during the final walk-through to verify all changes were fixed in accordance with the negotiations and that any potential problems you noticed previously have not increased.
What other specific areas do you recommend checking during the final walk-through?