Final Walk-through Checklist for Home Buyers
The moment has almost arrived. Just a few small steps stand between you and becoming a homeowner, at long last. And one of those steps is completing your final walk-through. It probably seems monumental, considering everything you’ve been through up to this point.
That all might leave you feeling a little stressed. But don’t worry, this final walk-through checklist will help you stay on your toes for the last stretch of the home buying process. And pretty soon, you’ll be walking back through that door with a key in your hand—your key to your home. Congratulations! Just hang in there a little while longer. You’re almost home.
Preparing for the big day
Before we get to your final walkthrough checklist, there are a few things you’ll want to bring with you so you’re fully prepared.
1. Pack the essentials
Remember to bring your phone, a charger, and maybe something to take notes with if you don’t like taking notes on your phone.
2. Prepare for closing
It’s common to schedule a final walk-through just before closing. If you end up doing this, make sure you come prepared with a bottle of water and a snack or two. Closing can take a while and you’re bound to get hungry—even if you’re convinced you’ll be too nervous to fathom the idea of swallowing food.
3. Bring the right documents
Having a copy of the inspection summary can help you make sure that any work planned to be completed before closing is finished. You’ll also want a copy of your purchase agreement.
Final walk-through checklist
Once you’re all packed up and ready to go, use this list to make sure you cover all of your bases.
1. Check on final repairs
Make sure all the repairs agreed to by you and the seller have been completed. You’ll want to get a copy of any receipts and warranties for the work, in case something goes wrong later. You can use your inspection summary to help guide you.
2. Check for any items included in the sale
With your purchase agreement in hand, make sure things listed as included in the sale are there. That includes appliances, furniture, window coverings, and anything else listed in your agreement.
3. Check the openings
You should already have covered any major issues during your home inspection, but now is a good time to make sure nothing has changed since then. Inspect all of the windows and doors to make sure all of the locks are working, that everything closes properly, and that any screens or latches are in their proper place.
4. Inspect the kitchen and bathrooms
This is your last chance for a mold check or to catch any standing water that could prove to be problematic in the future. Turn on all the faucets and flush the toilets one last time to make sure that everything is in working order. Then, make sure nothing is leaking and that all of the sinks are draining properly.
5. Test the appliances
From the kitchen oven and microwave to the washer, dryer, AC, and heater—make sure everything is in working order and ready for your first day of moving in.
6. Double-check outlets
Remember that phone charger you brought? Now is a great time to bring it out. Use your charger to test different outlets and make sure all of your electric is working. Also, turn on and off all of the lights.
7. Take a final tour of the property
Walk around your property one final time to make sure everything looks good. Since the owners have moved out at this point, check for signs of pests or pest damage. Make sure there is no standing water that looks concerning and check to see that the landscape is still the way it was when you saw it last.
Once your final walk-through checklist has been completed, you’re that much closer to your final closing. With little left to do on the list, get ready to kick your feet up and take a small break before your move-in day. Then, once you’re ready, you might consider these tips for organizing your kitchen pantry or decorating your new space.
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