Feeling overwhelmed in the days leading up to your home closing? You’re not alone. It’s a busy time, and you’d be forgiven if you wanted to move the process along and get those keys.
You might be tempted to skip the final walk-through – after all, it can take an hour or more, and you’ve got things to do! Aren’t there better ways to spend your time? No! Taking your final walk-through is one of the best ways you can spend an hour in the days leading up to settlement.
Think about it. When was the last time you were in the home? It’s probably been a few weeks. Your final walk-through is your chance to make sure the home is in the same condition it was when you agreed to buy it. Look for new damage or things that have been changed.
During your home inspection, you made a list of repairs that you asked the seller to make. Without a final walk-through, you won’t see first-hand that those repairs have been made. You want to make sure that the terms of your contract have been met.
In most cases, the house will be vacant when you do your walk-through. If the house has been vacant for a few days or weeks, this is your chance to make sure something didn’t happen while the house was empty; a faucet left on by accident, for example, could cause flooding or water damage.
What should you look for during your final walk-through? Trulia has a great checklist you can print and bring with you.