You’ve found your dream home (with the help of an agent, of course), negotiated an offer the seller couldn’t refuse, gotten the inspection over with and all the paperwork is ready to go. So, what happens next?
The next step, before closing and moving into your home, is completing the final walk-through to make sure the property’s condition hasn’t changed since your last visit or an items or terms in the contract are met. Come prepared with your contract for reference. Most importantly, give yourself enough time (30 – 60 minutes) to scope everything out.
Here are a few things to add to your final walk-through checklist:
Check to make sure any of the negotiated repairs have been made. The final walk-through is the best time to address any last-minute issues or concerns.
Check all major appliances that are remaining such as the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc. and are working.
Test a few outlets. The easiest way to do that is to bring your phone charger and plug in your phone to see if the outlets work.
Check that all areas are ‘broom clean’ and all debris is removed
Turn on the faucets
Test the garage door
Flush the toilets
Ensure all fixtures are present
Spot check the ceilings, windows and doors.
Look around the exterior
Food for thought:
Don’t wait until closing day to complete your walk-through; and most importantly, be sure to have your agent with you on-sight to address any questions or concerns that you may have. They will guide you through every step of the home buying process.
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