Buying a Home: The Final Walkthrough


When buying a home, the last thing you do before you sign on the dotted line is go to the house and do a final walkthrough. This is different than the home inspection and done just prior to the final closing of the sale.

The purpose of this walkthrough is to make sure the house will be delivered as agreed in your contract. You want to make sure the seller is leaving the house in working order and no problems with the house have occurred since the last time you were there.

Here are some simple steps to help you make the most of your final walkthrough:

Check your purchase contract. Bring your purchase contract with you and verify that all items agreed to in the contract have been taken care of.

De-personalize the home. Make sure the home and the exterior are free of personal belongings. This helps potential buyers envision the home a theirs, rather than belonging to someone else.

Clear trash and clutter. The home and exterior should be free of trash and any unnecessary clutter. This helps keep up a clean, presentable look.

Test all the appliances. When potential buyers are considering purchasing a home, they’ll want to know if the appliances are included and whether they work or not.

Confirm all the light fixtures are working. One of the worst impressions during a showing is to have an area you can’t highlight properly. Lighting makes all the difference. Non-working lights can steer potential buyers away.

Demonstrate working fans. Turn on ceiling fans as well as exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area. Be sure they’re all working properly. This helps ventilate the area, as well as informs potential buyers that these items work.

Operating garage doors are important. Potential buyers will need to know how the garage works. Check to make sure that the garage doors and remotes are in working order.

Check plumbing. Go through the house and turn on every faucet and flush all the toilets to be sure they are operating correctly.

Check kitchen plumbing fixtures. Run the garbage disposal and trash compactor to make sure they work.

Run a final check on doors, windows, and cabinets. Open and close all the windows and doors to make sure they are opening and latching properly. Do the same with cabinet doors.

Make sure there is no visible damage. Look for any damage on the ceilings, floors, and walls such as new scratches, cracks, or other issues.

Finally, account for all keys to the property. This will help buyers feel safe, knowing that all keys are secured.
These are important steps to take and could save you a lot of headaches. Doing this allows you to be able to resolve any problems before you close on the house.