The home buying process can be a long and arduous one, which means that when you finally find your dream home and come to an agreement with the home seller, it’s quite the feeling! However, you’re not quite home free yet – you’ll still have to do a final walkthrough with your agent. The point of the walkthrough is to go back through every room of the house and make sure everything is in the condition as it was stated in the contract. The following are a few tips for your final walkthrough to keep in mind:
- Schedule 24 hours before closing – You’ll want to see the property at the very last moment to reduce the risk of damage occurring between the walkthrough and the closing. Try to schedule two walkthroughs, one a week before the closing in order to review all the repairs you requested and one the day before the closing.
- Check for flagged items – Bring along your home inspection report, the seller’s property condition disclosure forms and a copy of the contract to check for all the items that were flagged.
- Check for the things that were agreed upon – If the seller agreed to leave certain fixtures, window treatments, fireplace tools or more, check to make sure these are present.
- Look for things you don’t want – If the seller has left items, such as bookcases or paint cans, that you don’t want, mark it down. It’s the responsibility of the seller to get rid of these items. Be sure to check storage areas, such as the closets, cabinets, pantry, basement, attic and garage space to make sure nothing has been left behind that you don’t want.
- Inspect the appliances – Make sure that you test out every appliance in the home to ensure that they are in proper working order.
- Check the heat and air conditioning – This might take a few minutes since you’ll have to wait for the house to heat up and for it to cool down, but you’ll want to make sure that they work.
- Check the lights – When you go through each room, make sure that you turn on all the lights to make sure that they are working. If a light doesn’t work, swap out the bulb with another fixture in the house to see if it just needs a new light bulb. If not, then it could require a more costly repair.
- Flush every toilet – You’ll just want to make sure that they work properly.
- Turn all the faucets on – Not only do you want to make sure that the hot water works, you’ll also want to check for leaks near the faucets.
- Check the ceilings, walls and floors – You’ll want to visually inspect these areas for any blemishes, such as possible water spots since these could be a sign of water damage.
- Inspect windows and doors – Make sure that the windows operate without problem and that they lock properly. Do the same with all the doors inside the house.
- Inspect the exterior – This is especially important if there has been a storm since you last saw the property. Visually inspect all the windows for cracks, check the siding for any damage and circle around the house to see if you can spot anything wrong with the roof.
These are some tips that you should keep in mind when doing your final walkthrough. Note any problems that you encounter and speak with the seller’s agent in order to find a solution to the issue.
For help with all steps of the home-buying process, from the first search until the keys are in your hand, contact Park Avenue Properties of Colorado Springs today!