There are a few moments that stand out as milestones in most people’s lives, buying a home is one of them. However, buying a home is a complicated process particularly if you are a first time home buyer. One important, but often overlooked, component in buying a house is the final walkthrough before closing. This is the last opportunity you have to identify any issues with the home, and to make sure any repairs the seller promised to do have been completed. To help make this process easier, we decided to write this article outlining the thing everyone should be looking for in their final walkthrough.
No, you won’t be traveling but there are certain things you should bring with you to ensure you the get the most out of the walkthrough. We suggest you always bring a pen and paper, a camera (cell phone works) and a copy of your inspection report. If you see something that worries you, take a picture and write it down.
What To Check
Depending on the size of your home, there could be an overwhelming amount of spaces to check. These are the spaces you should always take a close look at before closing on your home.
Go into every bathroom and turn on every water feature to make sure they work properly. That means checking each faucet, turning on the shower and checking for hot water and flushing every toilet. This will allow you to check for water leaks and ensures that all of your plumbing (and your water heater) are in working order.
Be sure to check every appliance that is included in your kitchen. Is the freezer cold enough? Does the garbage disposal work? How about the microwave? All of your kitchen appliances should be in perfect working order, unless that has been specified beforehand. Don’t forget to check around the sink and dishwasher for any water damage. A water leak in the kitchen can have serious consequences.
While it may seem inconsequential, there are few things more annoying than an outlet that doesn’t work. Inconvenience aside, electrical issues can also be rather expensive to fix. Be sure to check every outlet in your home during your final walkthrough. Trust us, it may be time consuming but it is worth doing now.
Windows And Doors
Be sure to check all your windows and doors to ensure that they all open and close properly. It’s also worth taking the time to check all of your screens to make sure there are no holes or damage, particularly if you are doing your walkthrough during the Winter.
Buying home is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be a frustrating one. The final walkthrough is your last chance to avoid a lot of those frustrations. It’s important to take your time and be as thorough as possible in that walkthrough. When in doubt, take a picture and write it down.