The final walk-through is a thrilling time, and it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment. It's important to remain focused and thoroughly study the property to ensure that nothing has changed since your last visit. To that end, Our REALTORS® help guide our clients through the property so that there are no surprises when you move in.
You need to prepare before you can do the final walk-through of the property. You will want to bring a copy of the final contract, a notebook, and the home inspection summary. It is also advisable to bring your phone and your phone charger as you can use these to test the electrical outlets within the property. Once you have everything you need, then you will be ready to look for the following seven items:
- Verify Final Repairs
Make sure that all items within the inspection summary are complete and that the work was performed in a satisfactory manner. You will want to carefully review any warranties and receipts related to the repairs and ensure that any warranties are transferable to you as the new owner. You will also want to verify that any debris or garbage stemming from the repairs has been removed.
- Review the Purchase Agreement
Compare the purchase agreement to the fixtures and appliances within the home during the final walk-through. You will want to verify that all appliances, fixtures, furniture, etc. are still within the property.
- Test Plumbing, Electrical & HVAC Systems
You should test the toilets, faucets, lights, plugs, air conditioner, and furnace thoroughly. Flush the toilets in the bathrooms and run the water in all the sinks. Look carefully for drainage & flow problems. You should also bring your smartphone power cord to ensure electrical outlets work properly. Finally, listen closely for faults with ceiling fans, furnaces, and air conditioners.
- Inspect Doors & Windows
Make sure that all doors and windows function properly and that the locks and latches are working correctly. It's also important to inspect the screens and note any that are damaged or missing. You will also want to note whether there are any drafts, cracks within the glass, or other damage to the frames.
- Look for Mold & Signs of Water Damage
This is usually discovered during a home inspection. However, it may have been hidden behind boxes, bookshelves, and household debris. It is a nasty surprise that you will want addressed before you sign the final papers.
- Examine the Landscaping
It's not uncommon for a homeowner to take a favorite shrub or special flower from the yard when they move out. You'll want to inspect the landscaping to ensure that anything that's missing is accounted for and was not on the list of things you included within the purchase agreement.
- Look for Signs of Pest Infestation
You should thoroughly inspect the home for signs of pest infestations. Termites, moths, mice, ants, etc. are usually discovered during the home inspection. However, as with signs of wood rot and water damage, this is not always the case. Your final walk-through will occur after the homeowner moves out, which makes these problems easier to spot.
We invite you to Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® for more information about the final walk-through process. It's our pleasure to tell you more about the things we look for and the steps we take when deficiencies or problems are discovered within Midland Homes for Sale.