It’s almost here – your closing date!  Maybe you have been thinking about how you are going to arrange your furniture or getting quotes for some work you want done to make it “your” home.  But there is one thing you need to do prior to closing—a final walk-through.

There are a few really good reasons to do a walk-through before you actually close on your house.  You want to make sure the home is in the same condition as when you made your offer and/or inspection.  You will want to make sure that the utilities—electric, water, gas—are on so that you can make sure that everything is functioning.

It’s also a good time to confirm that any repairs made are to your satisfaction.  Vacant houses can develop problems if they sit for any period of time.  Finally, you want to make sure that the home is actually vacant.

I always suggest that buyers do a final walk-through because you never know what you might find.  Some things to look for include:

  • Checking the outlets to make sure each room has power.  An easy way to do this is by using your mobile phone charger.
  • Looking at all the bathrooms – flush each toilet and turn on both hot and cold water in the sinks, showers and tubs.  Make sure there is hot and cold water.
  • Taking a peek in the kitchen refrigerator – make sure that nothing has been left behind.  Do the same with the dishwasher. 
  • Also take a look in the washer and dryer.  More often than not, in the heat of getting ready to move, sellers tend to forget that final load of laundry.
  • Making sure the air conditioning and/or heating systems are up and running.  Even if it is 100 degrees outside, run the heating system for a few minutes! 
  • Being on the lookout for what my assistant jokingly calls “gifts with purchase.”  Sellers will sometimes leave furniture and other items that they just don’t want to move.  Take a look in the garage or storage sheds for left-over paint, used oil, propane tanks or other items.  These items may require special disposal and if you don’t know they are there, you may be on the hook for some costly disposal fees. 

Be prepared for the house not to look like you remember.  If the house is now vacant, you may notice carpet outlines or fading from furniture being moved.  Remember that some appliances, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers may not be included in the purchase and should have been removed.   There may be some small homes in the wall from prior hanging pictures. Was there a mounted TV?  There may be some larger holes if the sellers took out the mounting brackets. 

A final walk-through could save you time and money.  Take the time to do one before you close.  If you have any questions, give me a call.  Team Heitz is here to help!