The home buying process is guaranteed to be hectic right before closing, but you should always make time for a final walk-through. Your goal is to make sure that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Ideally, the sellers have already moved out. This is your last chance to check that appliances are in working condition
and that agreed-upon repairs have been made.
Here’s a detailed list of what not to overlook during your final walk-through.
Make sure that:
Repairs you’ve requested have been made by obtaining copies of paid bills and warranties.
There are no major changes to the property since you last viewed it.
All items that were included in the sale price — draperies, lighting fixtures, etc. — are still there.
Screens and storm windows are in place or stored.
All appliances are operating, such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer, oven, etc.
Intercom, doorbell, and alarm are operational.
Hot water heater is working.
No plants or shrubs have been removed from the yard.
Heating and air conditioning system are in working condition.
Garage door opener and other remotes are available.
Instruction books and warranties on appliances and fixtures are available.
All personal items of the sellers and all debris have been removed. Check the basement, attic, and every room, closet, and crawlspace.
Checking this list will ensure that you have done your part, as a buyer, to make sure that your new property is just as you'd like for it to be and that your sellers have done their part and held up their end of the contract.
Lisa W. Jefferson is a Georgia Real Estate Broker with 20 years of experience under her belt. She is "blessed to be a blessing" and dedicated to helping the community stay educated on home buying, home selling, and investing. You can get the guide Take Charge! Buying & Selling Real Estate.