Buying and Selling June 17, 2024

It’s The Final Walk-Thru!

The Final Walk-Through: Ensuring Your Dream Home is Ready

Congratulations, future homeowner! You’re just a step away from signing the closing papers, and the final walk-through is upon you. This critical step isn’t just about visualizing your new space with your furniture and decor; it’s a meticulous inspection to ensure your future home is in the agreed-upon condition. Here’s how to make the most of your final walk-through.

  1. Inspect for Any Damages

While the excitement of moving in might be high, stay vigilant for any damages that might have occurred since your last visit. Check for any signs of wear and tear that could have been caused by weather or the moving process. The purpose here is not to assign blame but to ensure any issues are addressed by the sellers before you take possession. Your new home should be in the same condition as when you made your offer.

  1. Check Appliances

Without delving into a full-scale inspection, ensure all appliances are functioning properly. Turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, and check the refrigerator. This “pre-inspection inspection” ensures that your new kitchen is ready for use and that no unexpected issues will disrupt your move-in plans.

  1. Verify Agreed-Upon Items

During the sale, certain items such as light fixtures, window treatments, or specific pieces of furniture might have been included in the agreement. Use the final walk-through to confirm that these items are still in place and haven’t been removed. Ensuring all agreed-upon items are accounted for prevents any post-closing disputes.

  1. Ensure a Complete Move-Out

It’s crucial to verify that the sellers have completely vacated the property, leaving it in the condition expected. This means no leftover furniture, personal items, or trash. The property should be clean and ready for you to move in seamlessly.

Final Thoughts

Approach the final walk-through with a detailed eye and a clear checklist. This last inspection is your opportunity to ensure everything is in order before you complete the purchase. Once you’re satisfied, you can proceed to the closing table with confidence, knowing your new home is exactly as promised.

If you have any questions or need further assistance with your home purchase, feel free to reach out. Happy home buying! 🏡