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Final Walk-Through

  • Final walk-throughs are not home inspections. It is not a time to begin negotiations with the seller to do repairs or a contingency of sale. The primary purpose of a final walk-through is to make certain that the property is in the condition in which you agreed to buy it. Agreed-upon repairs, if any, were made, and nothing has gone wrong with the home since you last looked at it.

  • A final walk-through is performed before settlement of the home buying transaction. Buyers are often pressed for time as the transaction closing date draws near, so they might be tempted to pass on this opportunity. But many issues can come up, and it's never a good idea to skip the final walk-through.

  • The walk-through serves as a final check for any remaining, unresolved issues with the home. Follow this checklist to ensure you don't overlook any steps.

    • Turn on and off every light fixture.

    • Run water and check for leaks under sinks.

    • Test all appliances.

    • Check garage door openers.

    • Open and close all doors.

    • Flush toilets.

    • Inspect ceilings, wall, and floors.

    • Run the garbage disposal and exhaust fans.

    • Test the heating and air conditioning.

    • Open and close windows.

    • Make sure all debris is removed from the home.​

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