Checklist: What to Look for on a Final Walk-Through

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A few days before you sign the documents to finalize your purchase of the home, you’ll have the chance to take one last look through the property. It’s your last chance to make sure that everything with the house is in order, and that no new issues have cropped up since the inspection.

What should I look for during my final walk-through?

You might be tempted to start mentally arranging furniture and picking out new paint colors during your final walk-through. Put those feelings aside for now — this is your last chance to look for problems and work with the seller to address any issues you find. You should plan to spend at least an hour walking through the home, paying careful attention to its condition.

Here’s a list of things to look for when making your final walk-through:

yes Do all lights and switches still work?
yes Are appliances in working order?
yes Do toilets flush?
yes Do sinks, showers, and tub spouts run?
yes Do sink and tub drain-stoppers function?
yes Are all agreed-upon repair items completed?
yes Is the home free of any new signs of leaks, mold, or other damage?
yes Does the home still contain all furniture, appliances, and other items that are included with the purchase?
yes Do all windows and doors open and close smoothly?
yes Do the heat and air conditioning work?
yes Has the previous owner removed all debris, garbage, and unwanted items?
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Mia Simon is a Redfin real estate agent in Silicon Valley. Mia is an experienced real estate agent and expert negotiator.

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