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Final Walk Thru Checklist

Congrats on making it to this last and final leg of your transaction!

 

The final walk thru is your time to ensure that the property is in the same condition as when you inspected it. This is the time to complete a non-invasive but thorough walk thru of the property before you complete your purchase. And, if the Seller agreed to any repairs, this is the time to ensure those repairs were completed, and that the home has been emptied. 

Depending on the size of the home, your final walk thru may take 20 minutes to 1 hour.

Final Walk Thru Checklist:

  • Check the Utilities.

    • Ensure that all utilities are on and in working order (cold water, hot water, electric, gas).

  • Run all A/C Units to ensure they are operational.​

  • Inspect all appliances including the stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer, dryer, wine refrigerators, etc.​

  • Examine Plumbing and Fixtures.

    • Run all faucets and check for leaks, clogs, or low water pressure.

    • Flush toilets to check for any issues.

  • Examine Electrical Systems.​

    • Check light switches and fixtures.​

  • Examine Doors and Windows

    • Open and close all doors and windows.

  • Review Repairs and Negotiated Items.

    • Verify that any repairs or negotiated items from the inspection report have been completed, if applicable.

  • Look for Mold Issues.

    • Pay special attention to walls/cabinets adjacent to refrigerators w/ a waterline, base cabinets underneath sink areas, cabinets or walls next to the dishwasher area.​

  • Check for Personal Property Removal.

    • Ensure that Seller has removed all of their belongings and any items agreed upon in the contract. ​

    • Commonly missed areas include exterior storage cabinets, assigned storage units (condos), crawl spaces. 

  • ​Verify All Included Fixtures Included in the Sale Are in Place.​​

  • Walk the Exterior of the Property and visually inspect the walls, eaves, windows, screens, and what can be seen of the roof.

 

What happens if a problem arises? 

While the vast majority of final walk thrus go smoothly or relatively easy issues may be remedied prior to closing, occasionally there may be a tougher issue that arises. 

 

If a problem should occur, we'll document the issue by taking the appropriate photos/videos and notify the Seller's Agent. Common courses of action may include delaying closing, negotiating appropriate compensation and take care of the repairs yourself, negotiate an escrow withholding, or in rare cases if the issue is severe, backing out of the deal. We'll discuss the pro's and con's of each and the best course of action. 

What happens next?

  • Signing Closing Documents.

  • Confirm Keys & Access.

    • This is a good time to check with the Seller Agent to ensure they will have all  required keys provided to Buyer at closing. Including any storage keys, side gate keys, garage door openers, digital door codes, etc. (Key Fobs may need to be obtained by Buyer from the site manager.)

    • Note the locations of any available instruction booklets/manuals on appliances/fixtures.

    • If the home has any smart home tech (ring videos/alarms, august home locks, etc.), remind Seller to have ownership transferred to new owner. 

  • Home Vendors

    • While not required, often times a Seller is willing to share the names and information to vendors that service the property (think pool vendor, yard services, recurring pest treatment, etc.) ​

  • Introduce Yourself to the Site Manager or Resident Manager.​

    • A good time to check in, say hello, obtain any new resident registration forms, etc.​

  • Discuss Utility Reminder.

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