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How Important is the Final Walk-Through?



All homebuyers should take advantage of the final walk-through.  This is the time to check that the house has everything that you agreed to when you signed the offer to purchase. 

The closer the walk-through takes place to the closing date the better.  This reduces the chance of anything on the property changing before you move.  If the seller agreed to make any repairs in the purchase and sale agreement, make sure to check that those repairs have been made. 

Check each room individually including the attic and basement to ensure that everything is still in good condition.  You also want to be sure that the seller is not leaving behind any unwanted items.  If they are leaving behind appliance, now is the time to also check that they are in good working order. Also check to be sure that the heat and air conditioning work, as well as the dishwasher and all plumbing.

The home should also be clean.  If it is not, you can request that the seller have it cleaned.

It is also important to check the exterior of the home.  Sprinklers and lighting should be checked.  If there is a control panel or timer, the instruction manual should be left.  If the home comes with a pool or hot tub, make sure that it and the equipment it comes with works properly. 

Once you’ve signed the closing papers, the home is your responsibility.  The walk through is the perfect time to make sure that everything is in order and that there won’t be any unwanted surprises upon move-in.