Congrats! You’ve found your dream home, put in an accepted offer, and closing day is rapidly approaching. Now what? One of the most important aspects of finalizing your home purchase is your final walkthrough. While you can’t raise new concerns during this time, a walkthrough is the perfect opportunity to go over last minute items in your desired home and ensure that there are no previously mentioned issues that have not been addressed. Keep reading to find a list of items to check before you finalize your purchase.
1. Light Fixtures 一 Testing every single light fixture in the home can prevent you from having to pay a hefty electrical bill in the future! Make sure you turn all light fixtures in the home on and off during your final walkthrough and don’t be afraid to mention if a repair doesn’t meet your negotiation standards.
2. Heating and Air Conditioning 一The last thing you want is to have your HVAC system go out right when you need to use it. No matter the season, be sure to give both heating and cooling one last test before you buy!
3. Sinks and Toilets 一 Make sure to flush all toilets and run all faucets in the home to test for leaks, dripping, or any other potential plumbing issues that may have been missed.
4. Windows 一 You’ll want to take some time to not only open and close the windows to ensure that they are not physically broken, but you’ll also want to check that they are not drafty, as this can be something easily missed.
When taking a final walkthrough before closing, you may feel some pressure to rush, especially if the seller is home while your final visit is taking place. Don’t be afraid to make sure that you are getting exactly what you negotiated in your contingency clause. Making sure your expectations are being met before closing should be a number one priority! If any other questions come up during your home buying experience, make sure to reach out to your Shorewest, REALTOR® 一 they’re the expert and will help you every step of the way!