Buyer Step by Step November 20, 2018

Step 23: Attend the Walkthrough

The walkthrough usually occurs right before closing and is a chance for you to view the property one more time to make sure there aren’t any surprises. The walkthrough takes about 20 minutes.

We could schedule the walkthrough earlier but so very often the seller is still working feverishly to pack, and the home is not ready to inspect.

Here’s what you should check at the final walkthrough:

  1. Verify that all repairs have been made. Be sure to obtain copies of paid receipts and any related warranties in advance of the walkthrough.

  2. Make sure all of the appliances are still working.

  3. Check to make sure the sellers didn’t damage anything moving out.

  4. Look to make sure all items included in the sales price (lighting fixtures, blinds, curtains, etc.) are still there. This includes anything that was attached to the walls previously such as shelves, TV mounts, etc., unless noted as being excluded on the contract.

  5. Screens and storm windows are in place or stored somewhere.

  6. Test the intercom, doorbell, alarm, HVAC, and hot water to make sure they all work.

  7. The property should be in “broom clean” condition, meaning surfaces have at least been swept or vacuumed, and there is no visible debris.

  8. Ask when the trash is picked up, where the parking is, or where the storage unit is, if applicable.

  9. Get the garage door opener (if applicable) and any other remote controls.

  10. Locate any instructions and warranties for appliances and fixtures.

Make sure all personal items of the seller and all debris have been removed including food in the fridge, etc.