Checklist for the Final Walk-through of Your Real EstatePosted Friday, June 6, 2014
The final walk-through of your real estate is not something to be rushed. Plan to take 30 to 60 minutes to complete this important task. You should be as detailed as a home inspector. In fact, you may want to include your home inspector in the walk-through.
Here’s a short checklist for the final walk-through of your real estate:
- Conduct the walk-through the day before the closing. This will allow time to handle any major issues in the home.
- Check to be sure repairs were made. Bring the seller’s property condition disclosure form and the home inspector’s report to ensure all repairs have been made as agreed to.
- Test everything. Make sure appliances, lights, heating and air-conditioning systems, furnaces, faucets and toilets are all in working order.
- Check windows and doors. Open and close windows and doors to be sure they work. Test the latches and locks. Make sure all the screens are in place.
- Check for items you purchased with the house. If your contract states that the drapes, refrigerator and dining room chandelier are supposed to stay, be sure they’re still in the home and in good condition.
- Ask for receipts for any repairs. The receipts will prove that the repairs were made and by whom, in case there are problems later.
- Contact your agent. If any problems are found, contact your agent immediately. He or she will negotiate any repairs or compensation so that the closing can continue as planned.
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