What to do on the final walk-through

There’s nothing quite like buying a home. Thanks to the inevitable mix of excitement and anxiety, it can often seem like an unnecessarily long process. After finding the home, making an offer and going through the home inspection process, you can almost feel the key in your hand. But before closing on a home, there is the extremely important final walk-through.

This is a big event! It’s not the final step, but it helps ensure everything in the house is as it should be according to your purchasing contract, and that nothing has changed since you signed.         

Here are a few things you should do to get the most out of your final walk-through.

  1. If possible, try to do the walk-through with the current owners. They know the home best and are the ideal resource for answering any questions or concerns you may have.
  2. Be sure to come with your purchasing contract. You may need to reference it!
  3. If the home you’re buying is unoccupied, be even more diligent. Someone could have left a faucet on or caused other damage that might not be immediately noticeable.
  4. If there is anything you are particularly concerned about (e.g., repairs you requested or potential damage you worry could have happened since the inspection), be sure you write these down and bring them up. Otherwise, here is a general-purpose checklist you might want to go through during your walk-through:
  • Open and close all doors and windows, checking to make sure screens and storm doors are intact.
  • Make sure all major appliances are working.
  • Flush all the toilets.
  • Run the garbage disposal.
  • Are all the fixtures the seller agreed to leave still in place?
  • Check the exterior of the home to make sure there has been no recent storm damage.
  • Make sure no trash or junk has been left behind in storage areas.
  • Test the garage door opener.
  • Make sure the HVAC system is working.
  • Turn all the lights off and on.
  • Look up at the ceilings and check the walls and floors for any water damage.
  • Check for bare spots in the lawn. There have been incidents of sellers digging up plants and taking them!

While some of these items might seem a little picky, being thorough is the best way to avoid spending time making repairs once you move in.

To learn more about the home-buying process, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. Along with knowing plenty of tips and secrets, they know the Cedar Rapids market and can help you find an amazing home.


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