When buying a home, it’s important that you do a professional home inspection prior to closing. This provides you a chance to find any problems that the seller has to take care of (whether via a credit or by doing the repairs) — although you can usually back out of a deal as well. However, even after all of the repairs have been made (or if no issues are found), you’ll still want to do a final walk-through right before the scheduled closing date. Doing so allows you to do one last check before you sign on the dotted line. The following are a few tips for doing a final walkthrough:
- Check previous issues – If you found any problems during your home inspection that the seller agreed to repair, then make sure that those problems have been fixed.
- Check garage opener – If the house comes with a garage, make sure that the door and the remote work properly.
- Inspect all the lights and outlets – Go through the home and check every light. Plug your phone into each outlet to make sure it works as well.
- Test all of the appliances and fixtures – Make sure all of the home’s appliances and fixtures (such as faucets) are still in working order.
- Make sure everything is cleared out – At this point, the seller (or whoever was living in the house) should have moved out completely. Make sure no personal belongings or garbage was left behind.
- Look for damage – Even if you didn’t uncover any damage during the home inspection, new damage may have occurred since then. Look for leaks, mold, water damage, and general damage to the home.
Always do a final walkthrough before you close on a home. For more tips on buying a home, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.