Oftentimes before a house closes you’ll do a final walkthrough to ensure everything that was specified in a contract has been done or is still in good condition. Typically, you want this walkthrough to be as close to closing as you can get it, so there are no surprises in the days that follow. During this walkthrough, there are a number of things you should look for. Sometimes you may even want two walkthroughs, especially if you’ve requested repairs to be done.
Bring your home inspection report with you and check on items that you’ve asked to be repaired. You may also want to check on items that were in good or deteriorating condition in the report and ensure they are still in the same condition. In order to test that things are working do the following:
- · Turn on the air conditioning and the heating
- · Bring an electrical tester to ensure all outlets are still in good condition
- · Turn on the appliances and ensure they are working
- · Run the water and ensure it is running and draining well. Look under sinks for leaks.
- · Flush the toilets.
- · Open and close all doors
- · Check that the garage door opener works
Check to ensure that all of the items that were to be left for you by the sellers, are still in place. These may include:
- · Window treatments
- · Furniture
- · Shelves
- · Bar stools
- · Appliances
If the sellers have already moved out, ensure that they haven’t left things behind that you will have to get rid of. This includes garbage, furniture, food in the fridge and items in the garage, shed or backyard. It is the seller’s responsibility to move these items from your property.
Cleanliness is also an important factor to note when going through your final walkthrough. Ensure the sellers cleaned out the fridge, swept and vacuumed the floors and cleaned the bathrooms. Also check inside cupboards and make sure they were wiped out.
Garbage at the curb is also not your responsibility. Some sellers might leave a huge pile of stuff they don’t want at the curb, but if the garbage men don’t take it, it could be up to you to get rid of it. Ensure that the sellers have a garbage pickup scheduled and that they won’t be leaving you with that mess.
Getting problems resolved at this walkthrough will save you from problems that stall your closing, which really is the last thing you want!