Milton Real Estate - Katherine Barnett, Broker

Final Walk Through Checklist

  • Katherine Barnett
  • 03 December 2015

Before packing up the truck and moving into your new home, a final walk-through of your soon-to-be house with your real estate agent is extremely important. The closing process is not complete without this crucial step. Having your real estate agent there will also help insist the corrections of the walk-through and give you a second eye while checking the perimeter. Here is a list of items to check before closing the sale completely, having a pre-made list will make a homebuyer confident that everything is up to standard.

1. Check over all light fixtures by switching them on and off.

2. Check the heating and cooling systems that they are working properly

3. Look over all faucets, tubs and sinks to make sure they still work and drain properly.

4. Turn all appliances on and make sure they are installed and work properly such as the dishwasher, the oven, washing machine, dryer, and toilets.

5. Be sure to check over the repairs of that were agreed to after inspection

6. Make sure the home is in broom clean condition with all belongings and trash removed.

7. Inspect that there are no new cracks or dents in the wall or floors from the seller's movers.

Once you have walked through the house and have checked for any missing parts, be sure to have your agent remind the seller of necessary things to leave behind.

1. Alarm codes and manuals

2. Warranties and manuals on appliances

3. All garage door openers and keys

Finally, don’t forget your contract when you leave for your walk through. Check off items one by one and alert your agent if something has not been repaired. The goal is to make sure your new home is ready for you as promised and that the contract has been honoured.

Should any issues or problems be discovered, it will need to be worked out prior to closing. You can ask to be compensated for any new damages or uncompleted repairs. Sellers almost always find these requests reasonable, but it needs to be discussed and resolved before you sign the final papers.