For many homebuyers, the last step prior to sitting down at the closing attorney’s office is the final walkthrough. This is the last chance for you to view a home before it officially becomes yours, and it’s a time to make sure that everything is as it should be.

Typically you want to schedule a final walkthrough as close as possible to closing – normally within 24 hours – but some experts advise scheduling two walkthroughs if major repairs are to be made to the home. The first, about a week prior to closing, to establish that required repairs are completed or near completion and the second, within 24 hours of closing, to ensure that all items to remain are present and in good working order.

Things to Do on Your Final Walkthrough

  • Do bring your home inspection report, copy of contract and seller’s disclosure form so you know what items were to be repaired, what items are to remain with the home and any other items that you need to pay special attention to on your walkthrough.
  • Do check that all items (window treatments, appliances, pieces of furniture and fixtures) that are to remain are still present in the home. If not, and you have it in writing that they should remain, have your agent contact the seller immediately.
  • Do check that there are no unwanted items left behind. It’s the sellers’ responsibility to remove their unwanted furnishings – not yours.
  • Do check all appliances to ensure they are in working order.
  • Do check the HVAC unit to make sure it is still heating and cooling properly.
  • Do check outlets with a handheld tester (found in any hardware store) to ensure they are all in working order.

What If You Find a Problem?

First, it is important to understand that contracts typically stipulate that a home be “broom” or “vacuum” clean – neat but not immaculate. So, making a fuss over the cleanliness of a home likely isn’t worth it unless it is very dirty.

Second, minor things like a blown light bulb or light damage to the walls or doorframe as a couch was moved, probably are not worth delaying closing. In the long run, it’s cheaper and easier to just fix these minor problems yourself.

But if you find a major problem such as a missing item, leak or hidden defect that will negatively affect the value of the home, contact your real estate agent immediately to begin the process of coming to an agreement on repairing the problem.  The sooner you make that call, the better.

In the end, it is up to you to decide what is important enough to delay closing and what is not. Contact me if you would like to go over this information. I will be happy to discuss any questions you may about the home buying process.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

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