What should I check during the final walk through?

Congratulations! It is time for that final walk through of your new Western New York home. Up until now it has been a whirlwind of activity–contract negotiations, home inspection, attorney review, mortgage approval. This is your final step before signing all of the papers to make this Western New York house your home. You are excited, and think why is this important? Well it is.

What if the sellers were a little less than honest? What if they said repairs have been completed and yet they were not? What if they painted the house since you last saw it from beige to burnt orange? What if the lilac bush is gone and it was the reason you bought the home? What if the appliances left are now a combination of avocado and yellow instead of the brand new stainless steel you saw the home with?

Are you starting to understand why a final walk through is important? It is never a good idea to skip the final walk-through.

When should you do the final walk through?

It’s not a time to begin negotiations with the seller to do repairs, nor is it a contingency. It is to confirm that the house is in the condition you agreed to purchase and any required repairs have been completed. I suggest the day before as the previous owners should be out of the home by then. This gives us time to resolve issues that result in the final walk through and we ensure that we do not have any crisis in closing.

Often though you will find yourself doing this walk through just an hour before you sign the papers. The current owners don’t move until the morning, you may be coming in for the closing are reason this happens so close to the actual closing. If this happens and there are repairs that are not completed or other issues your attorney may have money placed into escrow to resolve those issues after the closing.

Things to check in your final walk through

There are so many details in a final walk through, and some of this list may or may not apply to your situation. Use it as a starting point, and make sure that you discuss with your attorney and Realtor for anything that you need to sign off on. Unless the home is being sold furnished, the home should have all personal items removed, the home should be broom clean and ready for you to move in.

Make sure that:

  • All repairs have been made, copies of paid bills and warranties on those repairs
    There are no major changes to the property since you last viewed it
  • Run water and check under sinks for leaks
  • Flush toilets
    All items that were included in the sale price — draperies, lighting fixtures, etc. — are still there
    Are all the screens and storm windows are in place or stored
    All appliances that are included in the sale are there and operating, such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer, oven, etc.
  • House mechanical equipment are function and in good working order:
    • Intercom/doorbell
    • Alarm are operational
      Hot water heater
    • Heating & Air conditions systems
      No plants or shrubs have been removed from the yard
      Garage door opener and other remotes are available
      Instruction books and warranties on appliances and fixtures are available

If there are any problems, immediately contact your Real Estate attorney. They are prepared for these issues and will be able to speak with the seller’s attorney and either delay the closing giving the seller time to correct the situation, or escrow money for the situation to be rectified after the closing.

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Properties found on this Web site may be listed with a brokerage other than the owner of this site and are displayed here via the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) system of this broker’s MLS. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing nor displaying broker shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints, and shall be held totally harmless. © 2014 Western New York Real Estate Information Services (WNYREIS), LLC. All rights reserved.


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About Colleen Kulikowski, Associate Real Estate Broker (716) 650-0051

Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with the Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty Buffalo Northtowns specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.

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  • Maureen

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Great post! I enjoyed reading your post!

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