7.Final Walkthrough Inspection

What is a Final Walkthrough Inspection?

Typically a day or so before you close on your new home, you’ll have an opportunity to conduct a final walkthrough inspection of your property after the seller has moved out and before you move in. This gives you the chance to ensure there aren’t any unexpected issues, to confirm the home is in the same condition as when you viewed it previously, and to verify any agreed-upon repairs have been completed.

If you find anything that’s in disarray such as lots of unwanted garbage you’ll have to deal with or terrible issues like broken water pipes, you’ll need to work with the seller in finding a mutually acceptable solution within the purchase contract. If you can’t come to a reasonable agreement, you can back out of the purchase or delay it until such problems have been resolved.

A final walkthrough inspection is your right as a buyer to help ensure you’re getting the best deal as promised and you aren’t being stuck with any issues that could end up costing you more money immediately or in the long run.

Take the final walkthrough Inspection seriously.  If you are buying an existing home you are buying the home as-is.  Once you close on the purchase of your existing home all cost of maintenance and repairs are your responsibility.  You might want to hire your own professional inspector to assure you there are no major repairs that you will face after closing.

If you are buying an existing home you may want to negotiate for the seller to pay for home warranty.

Final Walkthrough Inspection Indoor Checklist

Besides utilizing our checklist below, QuickenLoans suggests having your real estate agent conduct the final walkthrough inspection with you.

  • Appliances: Make sure the household appliances included in the sale are working correctly. Examine all ovens, stoves, dishwashers, fridge, washer/dryers, smoke detectors, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, garbage disposal etc. Did the seller leave the receipts, manuals and warranties for you?
  • Plumbing: Check all taps, sinks, and flush the toilets while checking for any leaks or issues. Ensure all drains are working and that hot water is available.
  • Heating/Cooling: Examine all the air conditioners, hot water tanks, duct heaters, heating services and thermostats, and light fixtures to ensure they’re in working order.
  • Windows and Doors: Ensure all doors and windows open, close, lock, and seal properly.  If the windows tilt in for cleaning their exterior, check the tilt-in feature to be certain that it works properly.
  • Walls and Floors: Check for any drywall holes or cracks, and water or mold damage.
  • Attached Fixtures: Are the lighting fixtures and window treatments (if they were included in the sale) still in place?
  • Check all rooms for any unwanted furniture or trash while ensuring the home has been recently cleaned.
  • Did the sellers provide you with a list of contractors they’ve used for work on the home?
  • Since you haven’t closed yet, ask if you can shut off the main water valve since the home is currently unoccupied.
  • Leave a light on and lock up your soon to be new home.

Final Walkthrough Inspection Outdoor Checklist

  • Windows and Doors: Make sure all windows and doors have weather-stripping. Examine trim and fittings for any cracks.
  • Landscaping: Check for any landscaping issues or damages.
  • Storage Shed: If there is a storage shed, is it in good working order?
  • Garage: If the home has a garage or garages, open and close every garage door to be certain that it functions properly.
  • Roofs/Gutters: Make sure the roof is in good shape with no missing shingles, holes, loose shingles, etc. Examine gutters to make sure they work correctly and that all the gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks are draining away from the home.
  • Foundation: Examine house foundations for any cracks or erosion issues. Do you see any signs of pests?
  • Look for general debris, disrepair or damages.
  • Check the mailbox.
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