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What To Look For In A Final Walk Through

Oct 4, 2021

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What To Look For In A Final Walk-Through Of A New Home

 

As the name suggests, the final walk-through is the last part of the home buying process before closing, and it could arguably be the most important part.

 

This is your final chance to make sure that the home is exactly as you expect it to be before it officially becomes yours.

 

Remember, a final walk-through isn't the time to be requesting new repairs and fixes (that's what the home inspection is for). This is the time to make sure everything is in the condition you agreed upon with the seller.

 

To make sure things go smoothly, here's what you need to look for when you're doing the final walk-through of your new home.

 

CHECK FOR REPAIRS

 

This should be at the top of your priority list during the final walk-through.

 

Take your list of repairs and double-check to ensure that all of the necessary changes have been made and that you have receipts and warranties for any repairs made. Test any equipment that has been repaired to make sure it functions properly.

 

This is your last chance to make sure that everything requested has been repaired to your satisfaction.

 

OPEN ALL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS

 

You're going to be moving into this new home shortly, so you want to make sure that it's secure.

 

Open and close all doors and windows to make sure they do so easily. Check the locks and latches on the doors and windows, too.

 

If there are any screens on the doors and windows, make sure that there aren't any holes or defects in them.

 

If the home comes with an alarm system, open the doors and windows with the alarm on to make sure it's working properly.

 

INSPECT THE APPLIANCES AND THE PLUMBING

 

Operate all of the appliances in the house to make sure that they're working the way they should.

 

This includes putting a dirty dish in the dishwasher to make sure that it actually gets the plate clean. If the kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, make sure to turn it on and check that it's working.

 

Flush all of the toilets in the house, turn on all of the sinks, and run water through all of the showers and bathtubs to make sure water is flowing (and draining) properly. Pay attention to the hot water to make sure the hot water heater is working correctly. Make sure that the water shut-off valves are in working order.

 

Regardless of the time of year, turn on the HVAC system and run the furnace and the air conditioner.

 

Open and close the garage door, too, using any openers you have as well as punching in the code if the house has a keypad.

 

CHECK THE ELECTRICITY

 

Turn on the light switches in each room during your walk-through and make sure they're all receiving power.

 

Take an electronic device (your cellphone charger will work) and test each outlet in the home to make sure it has power. If you're comfortable with electricity, a multimeter is a great option for checking each outlet.

 

Inspect each outlet and light switch cover for damage, too. Don't forget to check the doorbell!

 

LOOK FOR DAMAGE TO FLOORS AND WALLS

 

Damage to floors and walls can happen when the current owners move their belongings from the home.

 

Inspect the floors, walls, ceiling, and baseboards to make sure there's no new damage that's been done as a result of their move. If there are any new scratches, nicks, dings, and dents, address them with the seller.

 

If there were agreed upon repairs (such as replacing caulking or adding a fresh coat of paint), make sure the seller has completed them.

 

DON'T FORGET THE OUTSIDE

 

The outside of the home is just as important as the inside.

 

Walk around the perimeter of the house and look for any signs that pests have moved in since the home inspection was completed.

 

If underground sprinklers are installed, turn them on to make sure that they're functioning properly.

 

Check any gates or fences for damage, and make sure that they open and close without sticking. If there are any outbuildings, inspect them to make sure nothing was left behind or damaged.

 

Pay attention to the landscaping, too. Some sellers may take the opportunity to dig up plants or shrubs without telling you!

 

SEAL THE DEAL WITH ORIZON

 

If a new home is in your future in 2021, let our real estate professionals at Orizon Real Estate help you make the process easy.

 

Give us a call at 260-248-8961 to get connected with a real estate agent today.