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A Comprehensive Final Walkthrough Checklist for Home Buyers

01/22/24  |  Amanda Sheppard

Congratulations! You're at the final stage of purchasing your dream home - a home walkthrough. This crucial step allows you to inspect the property thoroughly and ensure everything is in order before completing the real estate transaction. 

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an experienced investor, conducting a comprehensive final walkthrough is essential to avoid any surprises down the line. In this blog post, we'll provide you with a handy checklist of things to look for during your final home walkthrough, empowering you to make an informed decision and secure your new home with confidence.

  • Documentation and Legalities

Before beginning the physical inspection, ensure all necessary documentation and legalities are in order. 

Verify that all required paperwork, including the sales contract, disclosures, and any agreed-upon repairs or modifications, are present and accurately reflect your understanding of the transaction. It's also advisable to review the property's title and confirm that there are no pending liens or legal issues.

  • Overall Condition

Assess the overall condition of the property during your walkthrough. Look for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks in walls or ceilings, water stains, or uneven flooring. Check the exterior for signs of wear and tear, including the roof, siding, and foundation. Evaluate the general maintenance level of the property, as it can indicate how well it has been cared for.

  • Plumbing and Electrical Systems

Inspect the plumbing and electrical systems to ensure they are functioning correctly. Turn on faucets, flush toilets, and check for any leaks or water pressure issues. Test light switches, outlets, and appliances to ensure the electrical system is in good working order. Pay attention to any signs of faulty wiring or outdated fixtures that may require attention.

  • HVAC Systems

This one may seem like a smaller detail, but it’s important to pay attention to. Evaluate the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Test the heating and cooling units to ensure they are working efficiently. Inquire about the age of the systems and any maintenance records. An HVAC system in good condition can provide comfort and energy efficiency for years to come.

  • Windows and Doors

Inspect windows and doors to ensure they open and close smoothly. Look for any cracks or signs of damage. Check for proper insulation and weatherstripping, as this can impact energy efficiency and comfort within the home. If you find any issues, be sure to bring them up and make sure that they’re accounted for.

  • Appliances and Fixtures

If appliances are included in the sale, test each one to ensure they are in working order. This includes the stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer, and any other appliances specified in the contract. Check that all light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other fixtures are operational and in good condition.

  • Safety Features

At this point, you should verify that the property has the necessary safety features in place. Check for functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Inspect stairways, railings, and handrails to ensure they meet safety standards and are in good condition. Next, take a look at the overall security of the property, including locks on doors and windows.

  • Exterior and Yard

Next, evaluate the exterior of the property, including the landscaping and yard. Look for signs of proper drainage, well-maintained landscaping, and any potential hazards. Consider the privacy and security of the outdoor spaces, as they contribute to the overall enjoyment of your new home.

  • Final Walkthrough Repairs

If there were any agreed-upon repairs or modifications, verify that they have been completed to your satisfaction. Ensure that receipts or documentation for the repairs are available, as this may be necessary for future reference or warranty claims.

  • Final Walkthrough Walkaround

Take one final walk around the property, both inside and outside, to ensure you haven't missed anything. Open and close doors and cabinets, check light switches and outlets, and verify that everything is as expected. This thorough walkthrough will provide you with peace of mind before closing the deal.

Using a Real Estate Agent

A final home walkthrough is a critical step in the real estate purchasing process. By following this comprehensive checklist, you'll be equipped to assess the condition of the property, identify any potential issues, and ensure that all agreed-upon repairs or modifications have been completed. 

Use this opportunity to familiarize yourself with your new home and confirm that it meets your expectations. Remember, it's essential to be thorough and address any concerns before completing the transaction. With a well-executed final walkthrough, you'll be one step closer to turning the house of your dreams into your new home.

If you want support throughout the home buying process, then working with a real estate agent is the best option. We love working with our clients to ensure that their final walkthroughs are done correctly and efficiently, so reach out to us today to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.