The Final Walk-Through
Tomorrow is closing day and you are excited to do the final walk-through. Keep in mind that the final walk-through is not something you want to rush without taking a close look at the home. Fully inspect the property, including any repair items that where negotiated in the P&S. Your goal is to avoid problems down the road. Here are some quick things you should add to your final walk-through checklist.
1. Do the walk-through the day of the closing.
The final walk-through is not a home inspection. A final walk-through is an inspection performed a few hours before closing, and its primary purpose is to make certain that the property is in the condition you agreed to buy — that agreed-upon repairs, if any, were made and nothing has gone wrong with the home since you last looked at it.
2. Watch out for leftover personal property. May sellers run out of steam during moving day and sometimes leave personal property behind. They may assume you want their old paint cans or a propane tank for a future BBQ grill. Take the time to check the garage, attic and under the deck to avoid those unwanted ‘gifts.’
3. Your new home may be missing it’s personality. When you conduct your walk-through, the home will be empty, which may feel cold or lack luster. Don’t worry! This is not only natural, it’s expected. An empty home shows its imperfections. There may be carpet stains or holes in the wall from a flat screen TV or wall hangings. At any rate, just be aware that an empty home tends to show poorly, so prepare yourself before the walk-through.
4. Congratulations! Your dream home will come to life as soon as your movers arrive.