This is it! You’ve spent months searching, debating over getting the larger yard or the master suite. You spent weeks going back and forth on the offer price, finally getting the sellers to sign for less than their asking price. You signed all your contracts on the dotted line. You made trips back and forth to the bank. You waited for closing date phone call. And finally — finally — it’s here.
You’re about to do your final walk-through and are only hours away from owning your new home!
If you’re a first time home buyer, the walk through may be overwhelming. If this isn’t your first time, you may be too caught up in the moment to remember what you should be looking for. Don’t worry. We have your back. And while we’ll be there with you, looking at these things side by side, here’s a quick list of things you should note during your final walk -through.
Check the appliances
- Confirm that all of the appliances are cleaned out, up and running. Turn on the stove, run the microwave, run the dishwasher.
Check for leaks
- Turn on the water in every faucet. Flush every toilet. Confirm that water is not leaking anywhere. (This is also a good time to check the basement for water. Odds are that if it didn’t have water in it the other times you looked at it, it won’t now, but it’s always a good idea to confirm. You can also make sure that the seller has cleaned out anything they may have left down there.)
- Moving is hectic. Make sure you check over the walls and doors to confirm there are no holes anywhere. Confirm that no windows are cracked and that they open and close.
- If the home inspector noticed termite damage which the seller was supposed to take care of, confirm that they have the paperwork proving that the treatment was done. Make sure to secure this at closing.
Repairs and Contract Contingencies
- Make sure that any repairs or changes that the seller agreed to take care of are done. It’s beneficial to have a checklist or your contract in front of you at this time to confirm everything has been taken care of.
So what happens if some things are damaged or not taken care of?
Call your attorney. They will most likely tell you that they will resolve these issues at closing. And, assuming that it’s nothing catastrophic (a collapsed roof, water damage, etc), they will resolve it at closing. Don’t worry. Trust your vendors and your instincts. You’ll be in your new home in no time!