As a home buyer, there are many steps that need to be taken before calling a home yours. While the process of finding your dream home was the most important part of the buying process, the steps you take after you make your offer are what ensure you make a smart decision—both for your family and for your finances. The home inspection and walk through are two major steps in making sure a home is for you.
The walk through is your last opportunity to guarantee that the property is exactly how you want it. It’s crucial then that you’re incredibly thorough during your final walk through.
The key to making sure the walk through of your new home is efficient, is to go in prepared. Below are seven questions to keep in mind so that you can be sure your home is move-in ready.
Have all requested repairs been made.
If you requested any repairs during the home inspection then now is the time to make sure that (a) all of the repairs were in fact made, and (b) that they match your expectations.
Did the seller leave behind all warranties and maintenance guides?
When you buy a new home, you’re not just buying the property, but also (usually) buying all of the appliances within it. Proper documentation on warranties and how to operate and maintain a new appliance should be obtained. You’re also going to want that information for older appliances.
Is everything included in the sale present in the home?
When you negotiated your final purchase contract, you and the seller came to an agreement about what would and would not be included in the sale. Now that it’s your final walk through, it’s time to double check that nothing is missing. Likewise, everything that’s not included in the sale should be out of the home, since the seller will have already moved out.
Does everything work?
As you make your way through your potential new home, turn all light switches on and off, check the AC, look to see how sinks drain (and check them for hot water), and so on. It’s a good idea to bring a phone charger with you as well so that you can test each of the outlets, indoor and outdoor. You still have a chance to make repair requests at this point, so verify that everything is in working order!
Is the home clean?
As a home buyer, you have a reasonable expectation that the property you’re purchasing is free of things like dirt, debris, mold, and pests. Look at the floors, walls, and ceilings of each room, inside cabinets, behind appliances, and anywhere else that you might expect to find dirt or water. Spend some time in each of the bathrooms too inspecting for any water damage or mold.
Is the lawn in good condition?
It’s just as important to pay attention to the exterior features of your new home as the interior features. Take a walk around the property to ensure that lawn maintenance was kept up to date during the closing period.
Is all my furniture going to fit?
The walk through is a good time to answer any general questions about the property that you need or want to know before moving day. Feel free to bring in a measuring tape and write down the dimensions of each room, though do be careful not to leave any damaging marks.