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Everything You Need on Your Final Walkthrough Checklist

Monday, October 25, 2021

In August 2021, around 740,000 homes sold in the U.S.

If you're in the market to buy a home soon, then you have a lot on your plate. The home buying process can be stressful. After all, there are a lot of considerations to take into account.

One of those considerations is the need to do a final walkthrough. Buying a home is a huge investment, so you want to make sure you're getting what you paid for. No one wants to deal with an unforeseen and costly repair just months after getting their first home. New home sales may have risen by 1.5% in recent months, but that's no reason to slack on a final walkthrough.

Here is a checklist of all the things you should keep an eye out for during your final walkthrough:

1. Test the Electrical System

There's nothing worse than moving into your brand new home and then discovering that the wiring is faulty. Before you close, check the electrical system by turning the lights on and of.

You should also try plugging your phone into all of the outlets. This will confirm that each outlet works. 

Beyond that, also double-check that doorbells, garage doors, security systems, etc., all work.

2. Check Plumbing

If there's a basement in the house, go down there and inspect all the pipes. If you notice any signs of leaking, you'll want the seller to fix that. Otherwise, you'll be stuck with the repair costs after closing.

3. Look at Windows and Doors

Every window and door should open with ease. After all, you want a home that feels safe and secure.

Also, take note of whether you can feel a draft coming in from any windows or doors. Windows or doors that are drafty can lead to an astronomical energy bill.

4. Test the Heating and Air Conditioning

If the HVAC system in the house isn't brand new, inspect it. You want to ensure that both the heating and the air conditioning are able to work. Turn each setting on to make sure the system is able to kick on and that there's good airflow.

5. Check for Moving Damage

Sometimes when a seller uses movers to remove their furniture and appliances out of the home, damage can occur. You will want to tour every room of the home to make sure you don't notice any new signs of damage. If you do, you should relay this to the sellers who should then handle the repair costs.

6. Home Inspection

Home inspections are important for discovering any hidden problems with a home. They are also required if you're using a loan to purchase the home. After you've hired someone to handle the home inspection, be sure to go behind and make sure the seller handled repairing any problem items found.

7. Use a Dependable Title Company

You want to be confident that any property you're about to buy is free and clear of any tax liens, judgments, loans or mortgages, or title defects. All of these things can cause a homeowner a massive headache down the road if they ever want to sell. Make sure the new home you're interested in is free of any problems by allowing Heartland Abstract to handle your title insurance services.

Do Your Final Walkthrough With Care

There are many items that can go onto your final walkthrough checklist. What we’ve included here is by no means an exhaustive list. Every property is different and so every checklist will vary some in that regard.

The one thing that shouldn’t vary is the confidence you have that your new home will be free of any title problems. If you’re ready to buy in Southeastern Pennsylvania and need title insurance, contact Heartland Abstract today.

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