You found your dream home on Hawaii, and closing is only days away – congratulations! You’re almost there, but there’s still one last step to take before closing: the final walkthrough.
The final walkthrough, usually arranged by your real estate agent, takes place between a day and a week before closing. It’s a quick process that allows you to take one last look at the home to make sure that it’s in the condition that you and the seller agreed upon. This is your last chance to catch anything that may have come up since the last home inspection.
Final Walkthrough Checklist
Remember, the final walkthrough isn’t a home inspection, which would have been completed weeks ago. It’s simply an opportunity to verify that nothing has changed since the home inspection, and that the terms of your contract with the seller have been met. The final walkthrough should only take an hour or so of your time, but it will give you peace of mind on closing day.
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What to bring:
- A copy of the contract
- The home inspection report
- Your realtor
- An electrical tester (to make sure all outlets work)
What to look for:
- Check the home’s exterior, especially if a bad storm has swept through recently
- Check the front, back and side yards – sellers have been known to take prized plants with them
- Go down the home inspection list to make sure all repairs have been made
- Test all light fixtures, outlets and ceiling fans
- Test all major appliances
- Test the garbage disposal and exhaust fans
- Test the air conditioning and heater, if the home has them
- Test all water faucets, indoors and out
- Check for leaks
- Flush all toilets
- Open and close all windows and doors
- Check walls and surfaces to make sure they’re clean
- Look around for any trash or unwanted items that the seller may have left behind
If you find a problem
If you find a problem with the home, keep in mind that it may delay closing. For very small issues, such as a burned-out lightbulb, requesting that it get fixed may not be worthwhile. More serious issues, however, such as a problem that the seller did not fix as promised, or a problem that may not have been apparent before, should be brought up and resolved as quickly as possible.
The final walkthrough might seem like a chore when you’re just feeling eager to sign off and own the home at long last, but it’s worth the effort. Take your time, write down any last-minute questions you may have, and enjoy the process – you’re almost there!