You’re so close, that place you can’t wait to call home is almost officially yours. But don’t start picking out furniture and paint samples just yet. You should have already had a home inspection completed, but a final walkthrough is a necessary step to take before closing. The intention for this process is to ensure that the house is in the same condition as it was when you signed the purchase agreement. Here are the main things to check during a walkthrough.
#1. Main Structure
Check that all doors and windows open properly and aren’t cracked, make sure that the walls, ceilings and floors don’t have any new damage or obvious new stains.
Check the plumbing throughout the house. Turn on all of the faucets and showerheads and then turn them off to see if they drip. Check the water pressure. Check underneath the sinks for leaks. Flush all of the toilets to check for leaks and not loose.
See that all of the appliances are working correctly. Test the dishwasher, the washer and dryers, the fan above the stove.
NOTE: Appliances are usually sold as is in present condition.
#4. Heating & Cooling Systems
Test both systems to see if they are running right. Turn both on one at a time to check if they work.
Make sure the previous owners have removed all of their belongings and the house is “broom clean” or otherwise agreed to.
Finally, double check that all repairs or any other items that were put into the contract, have been met.