What to look for when doing a final home walkthrough

Man and woman inspecting empty house

When the process of purchasing a home is nearly complete, many buyers start focusing on other details such as packing up their belongings or looking at paint samples. However, there is one more crucial step to complete before closing on a house, and that’s a final walkthrough.

This is a homebuyer’s last chance to walk around the property and make sure everything is in working condition, and that any previously agreed-upon repairs were completed.

How to prepare for a walkthrough

When your walkthrough date is approaching, prepare by packing a few items you may need during the process, recommends Trulia. Items such as a notepad and pen, a camera, cellphone, charger and a copy of your inspection report may come in handy. You should also make sure that your real estate agent can attend with you, notes Trulia. They are likely familiar with the process and can help answer any questions you may have.

Remember that this is the time to pull out the home inspection report and confirm that any prior issues, if requested, were addressed. Be sure to take notes and photos of any issues you find so they can be reported back to the seller’s real estate agent, if needed.

Here are some areas you should pay close attention to:

Bathrooms: Turn on every sink, shower and bathtub to check for potential leaks and drainage issues. Be sure to run both the hot and cold water, as this may help you ensure the water heater is working. You should also flush the toilets and check for water leaks or damage near the base of the toilet.

Kitchen: Check or turn on each appliance to make sure they are in working order and keep an eye out for any signs of water damage near the sink or dishwasher. If the sink has a garbage disposal, you may want to check that it’s working as well.

Washer and dryer: Run the washer and dryer and keep an eye out for water leaks or drainage issues with the washer.

Windows and doors: Make sure each one properly closes and opens, and, if they have screens, make sure none are missing or damaged. You should also check for signs of moisture or water damage around the window or door casings.

Electrical Outlets: Turn the lights on and off in every room, and don’t forget to pull out your cellphone and charger — plug it into various electrical outlets to help you ensure they’re working by seeing if the phone starts charging.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System: No matter the temperature outside, run both the furnace and air conditioning unit to ensure both are in working condition.

How to Address Potential Issues

Depending on the extent of any issues you may find during the walkthrough, you may want to report them back to the seller’s real estate agent, says Realtor.com. For example, finding a major water leak is something you will probably want to address with the seller.

Source: Allstate Insurance