Walkthrough Tips For Home Buyers

A final walkthrough isn’t a formal home inspection, and it’s not an opportunity to negotiate with the seller, add contingencies or make repairs. Yet the walkthrough is a very important step for home buyers. This step lets you confirm the property you’re about to buy is in its appropriate condition. You’ll need to identify that all agreed-upon repairs were completed and that everything is how it should be. The Jana Caudill Team can prepare you for this step. Before settling on the house, you’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity. We offer a few tips to successfully complete your walkthrough. 

The Importance of a Final Walkthrough

It’s easy to get caught up in the “new home” excitement. But remember to slow down and think practically. Before planning out where your sofa and T.V. will go, check the utilities. We will advise you to confirm everything works: turn on all of the lights and faucets, and make sure the stove works. You want to ensure that the house is in the condition that you agreed upon before closing, and the final walkthrough is essential to confirming there’s nothing concerning. 

Without completing one last walkthrough, you might end up paying more for the home. Any missed repairs will have to be covered by you, and you won’t get to have the home’s price reduced as compensation. That’s why you and your realtor need to take one final look at the home—it can make a major difference down the line.  

What to Check

During the final walkthrough, you’ll want to make sure there are no outstanding issues in the home. Use this checklist to make sure everything is in order: 

  • Check all light fixtures by turning them on and off
  • Run water and make sure there are no leaks
  • Turn on all appliances
  • Open garage doors
  • Examine windows, floors, ceilings and walls
  • Test the HVAC system
  • Confirm all debris has been removed

When the Home is Occupied

In some cases, the seller doesn’t leave the home until the transaction has closed or even for several days afterward. Buyers can complete a walkthrough with the seller present because they are familiar with the home and can answer any questions. This is also the chance to ask the seller for a forwarding address if needed. Staying on good terms is often a good idea. 

Know What to Expect

Keep in mind that the final walkthrough typically happens after the seller has already moved out of the home and usually about 24 hours before closing. While you can’t raise new problems at the final walkthrough that aren’t already in the sale contract, you can make sure all expectations are fulfilled and that the home’s condition is according to what you’ve already agreed on. Depending on the size of the house, the walkthrough can take up to several hours to complete. But don’t rush the process: this is an important step that’s worth your time. 

Hire a Talented Realtor Today

The final walkthrough is essential to ensuring your soon-to-be home fits your expectations perfectly. If you need assistance, contact The Jana Caudill Team to begin!


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