What The Final Walkthrough is Really For
The final walkthrough on your new home is an exciting event! It means you’ve successfully maneuvered through negotiations, inspections, and financing, and are on the verge of signing your closing documents. Most buyers attend the final walkthrough with thoughts of furniture placement and paint colors in their heads. But, the walkthrough is about more than just making sure your favorite chair will fit by the fireplace. Be sure to do your due diligence to make sure there are no issues that should be resolved before you reach the closing table. The purpose of the final walkthrough is to make sure that the home is being conveyed to you in the same condition it was in when you agreed to purchase it. Here are a few of the things you should check: 1) Make sure no damage has occurred to the home that the sellers are responsible for repairing. Weather conditions or careless movers can cause accidental damage. 2) Check that appliances are still in working order and no new plumbing or electrical issues have popped up. While you aren’t doing a complete home inspection, you can visually check for obvious problems that should be repaired before you move in. 3) Confirm that items contractually conveying are present. If the sellers agreed to leave particular furniture, décor, or equipment, see that it has not been removed. 4) Make certain the sellers have removed all their belongings. You don’t want to arrive with the moving truck only to find out that the sellers left behind an assortment of unwanted furniture or trash. The sellers should be held responsible for removing everything that doesn’t convey with the sale.
Once you’ve checked for all the important things above, then by all means, whip out your paint samples! Just don’t actually paint anything until you have the keys! You are one step closer to home ownership, congrats!