Keep in mind that a walk-through is not a second inspection, if there is mild damage or wear and tear you didn’t see before it’s not the time to ask the sellers to fix it. Your agent will advise you on how to proceed if you find anything alarming.
Here are 5 things you need to look for during a walkthrough:
After the inspection objection has been accepted the seller is responsible for completing the agreed upon repairs. As these happen your agent should receive receipts an invoices as proof of completed repairs. However, when it’s time for your final walk-through it doesn’t hurt to give everything a once over. It only takes a few minutes to check. And since the deal hasn’t closed your agent can talk to the sellers about getting any loose ends tied up.
This is especially pertinent if you’re buying a vacant home, or if the sellers moved out shortly after you went under contract. You want the water to be on for you walk through so you can check all taps, toilets and shower heads. As you walk around the exterior look for any water pooling which can be a sign of a faulty sewer.
If you’re anxious about moving it and making your new house into a home bring a measuring tape with you and write down the measurements. This helps you know where you want to put the couch, how big your curtains need to be and other small details so you can move in fast.
Give the exterior a good inspection. Look for major cracks in the foundation that weren’t there before, broken windows or leaky gutters. Remember you’re looking for anything major that didn’t come up on the inspection, not small details you don’t love. Make a list and bring any issues to your agent to discuss how to proceed.
It’s very uncommon, but there have been reports of sellers doing a “quick change” on appliances before closing. Inspect the appliances to ensure they are the ones you saw during your inspection. If the sellers have switched out appliances have your agent figure out what the next steps will be.
Overall, it’s very common for there to be major issues that come up during a final walk-through, but it never hurts to look. Don’t get too hung up on the details and get excited to move in!