You’ve signed your contract and arranged a professional home inspection, and now it’s time for your final walkthrough before you sign your closing papers. As the last time you’ll get to see your home before you sign the final papers, the final walkthrough is an important step in the home buying process. Take a look at these helpful tips for a successful final walkthrough, and don’t forget to consult your Team Moore real estate agent if you’re buying a home in the Williams Lake, B.C. area.
Pack the Essentials
When you’re heading out to your final walkthrough of your potential future home, make sure to bring these essentials along with you:
- Your real estate agent to guide you along the way and answer any questions
- Your contract and inspection summary to verify your terms are being met
- Pen and notepad to write down anything you don’t want to forget
- Camera to document any repairs or damages
- Your cell phone with its charger to test electrical outlets
- Inspect the Condition of Each Room
Even if you’ve already explored your home, you want to walk through the house in its entirety again during your final walkthrough. You should have already gone through the professional inspection process by this point, but you still want to verify that all appropriate repairs have been made and that there isn’t any new damage.
Bathrooms, the kitchen and the laundry room are of particular importance since water damage is a common issue. Look for signs of mold, mildew, water damage or leaks.
Test All Electrical Units and Appliances
While you’re inspecting each room, test out electrical units like lights, fans, switches, the circuit breaker, heating and air conditioning and electrical outlets. Using your phone and its charger is one of the easiest ways to make sure that each outlet is operating properly. Also check the outlet covers for signs of damage.
And when you’re checking rooms for water damage, also verify that all appliances are functioning normally. Flush all toilets to see if they back up, turn every faucet on and off, verify that both the hot and cold water work and make sure that sinks and tubs drain properly.
Open and Close Every Door and Window
Another important task as you walk through each room is to open and close every door and window. Test every lock to ensure that none are broken, and make sure that all window latches and screens are intact.
Complete a Final Walkthrough of the Outside of the Home
After you complete your final walkthrough inside the home, perform a walk through around the outside of the home as well. Check out the landscaping to see if it meets your expectations, and verify the property lines. Also take note of any signs of pests such as rotting logs, animal droppings or dry rot.
Refer to Your Team Moore Real Estate Specialist
During your final walkthrough and throughout the entirety of the home buying process, please don’t hesitate to refer to your Team Moore real estate specialist with any questions or concerns you have regarding your future home. We want our home buyers in the Williams Lake region to be as satisfied as possible with their homes, and we’re happy to help in any way we can. Contact us today for more information!