Home Buying Final Walk Through

Posted by on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 12:47pm.    1528 Views

Final Walk Through - What to Expect

final walk through, home inspection, buying a homeThe walk through- it’s the final step before the deal is officially sealed. This is arranged by your realtor and can take place anywhere from a week to 24 hours before the official close of sale.

This may be the first time a buyer sees the home vacant, so it’s best to prepare for the “unstaged” look. At this point, all major inspections and any negotiations about needed repairs, and the repairs themselves, should be complete. The goal of the final walk through is to make sure the home is in the condition specified in the contract.

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Make sure to tour the home with the contract in hand, to help limit any confusion. Here are few things to look for and test:

  • Open and close windows and doors (including the garage)
  • Turn lights on and off
  • Check for any light fixtures, window treatments or hardware that is to be included in the sale
  • Turn on the heater and AC
  • Test major appliances (washer and drier, disposal)
  • Look for unwanted trash
  • Flush toilets and run faucets
  • Check for completed repairs

You should do your final walk through the day before or preferably the morning of the closing. Once you're handed the keys it's your baby now. A final walk through should always be done and just as important as initial home inspections, even a newly built home. 

3 Responses to "Home Buying Final Walk Through"

Vikram kumar wrote: Amazing article, really informative and helpful for me.

Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 2:57am.

Greg Hancock wrote: Final walk-throughs are so important.... what if there's vandalism, robbery, break in, something broke, something agreed upon didn't get fixed... not worth skipping, not on foreclosures and HUD Homes, but also luxury homes, new construction too! Great read, thanks for posting!

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Marty Snyder wrote: Thanks guys, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Final walk-throughs should be done before EVERY real estate transaction closes, UNLESS the buyer intends to demolish the building after closing.

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 8:02am.

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