Before you close on a house, you’ll get one final walk-through — a chance to see the property one last time before it’s officially yours.
Though it’s an exciting time, it’s also important that you take this last tour seriously. You’ll probably want to take notes, plus photos of the property’s condition. If something’s not to your liking, it’s your very last chance to walk away or ask the seller to make changes.
Do you want to make the most of your final walk-through? Here’s what you should do:
- Make sure all of the fixtures are still in place. Unless something was specifically excluded in the sales contract, it should remain in the home. That includes blinds, appliances, and anything attached to the wall, floor, or ceiling.
- Bring a list of your requested repairs. Double-check that all the agreed-upon repairs have been completed and are done to your liking.
- Take photos of anything in disrepair. You’ll want time-stamped proof of the home’s condition if you’re going to renegotiate or back out of the deal.
- Test all the home’s systems and appliances. Make sure the air conditioning, electricity, plumbing, wall outlets, and other features are in working order. You should also check that door and window locks are functioning properly.
- Schedule the walk-through just before closing. You want to make sure nothing happens to the property between your walk-through and the closing appointment, when all damage would become your responsibility.
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