Final Walk Through Checklist for Home Buyers and Home Sellers

Final Walkthrough Checklist for Home Buyers and Home Sellers

Home Buyers Checklist and Preparation before Closing

The final walk through for home buyers is the last chance to verify the condition of the property and verify that any repair work agreed upon has been completed.  The final walk through typically occurs just before closing.  Just because you are excited about closing on the property do not rush through the walk through.  Pay careful attention to the details to make sure you don’t suffer any surprises once the home is yours. 

We recommend to our buyers to bring this checklist, a note pad, and a camera or your smart phone.  You should also bring a copy of the sales contract, home inspection report and the seller’s disclosure form to carefully check off each item on the list.  You may also want to bring an electrical tester to check the outlets.  No matter how pressed for time, it is never a good idea to pass on performing the final walkthrough.  This is especially true if the house has been vacant for any amount of time or if there has been any severe weather since you last saw the home.

When you first arrive at the house, start the clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher through a cycle.  Continue with the checklist and verify the appliances completed the cycle and that there are no leaks.

 

 

Buyers Checklist Prior to Closing

 

 

 

Have all agreed upon repairs been made?

 

 

 

Have all the repairs required by the sales agreement been made?

Yes

No

 

Are all bills for repairs and applicable warranties given to you?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are items purchased with the house where they are supposed to be?

 

 

 

Drapes, blinds or window treatments

Yes

No

 

Appliances (washer/dryer, refrigerator, ice maker, etc.)

Yes

No

 

Lighting

Yes

No

 

Furnishings

Yes

No

 

Hot tub or sauna

Yes

No

 

Play structures

Yes

No

 

Remote control devices for blinds, ceiling fans, alarms, garage doors

Yes

No

 

Owner’s manuals for appliances and home systems (HVAC, fireplace units, alarm systems, etc.)

Yes

No

 

Other:

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check window and doors

 

 

 

Do all the doors open and close properly?

Yes

No

 

Do all the windows open and close properly?

Yes

No

 

Do the windows latch/lock?

Yes

No

 

Are any windows missing screens?

Yes

No

 

Are there any missing storm windows?

Yes

No

 

Is there condensation in double-panned windows?

Yes

No

 

Are there any broken windows?

Yes

No

 

Do you have keys for all the doors?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check for mold and water damage

 

 

 

Do the windows have signs of mold or rot?

Yes

No

 

Any signs of mold or water damage under the kitchen sink?

Yes

No

 

Any signs of mold or water damage in the bathroom?

Yes

No

 

Any signs of mold or water damage around the refrigerator area?

Yes

No

 

Any signs of mold or water damage around the washer/dryer area?

Yes

No

 

Any signs of mold or water damage around the water heater?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check appliances and systems

 

 

 

Did dishwasher complete its cycle?

Yes

No

 

Does the thermostat work?

Yes

No

 

Test the A/C.  Does the system blow cool air?

Yes

No

 

Test the heat. Does it get hot?

Yes

No

 

Switch on overhead fans. Do they work?

Yes

No

 

Test the water heater. Is the water from faucets hot?

Yes

No

 

Does the doorbell work?

Yes

No

 

Does the alarm work?

Yes

No

 

Does the intercom work?

Yes

No

 

Does the garage door open and close smoothly and quietly?

Yes

No

 

Does the washer work?

Yes

No

 

Does the dryer work?

Yes

No

 

Does the stove work (check all burners and oven)?

Yes

No

 

Does the built-in microwave oven work?

Yes

No

 

Does the damper in the fireplace work?

Yes

No

 

Does the gas come on in the gas fireplace?

Yes

No

 

Does the fan work in the gas fireplace?

Yes

No

 

Does the garbage disposal work?

Yes

No

 

Do all the exhaust fans (bath and kitchen) work?

Yes

No

 

Do the smoke alarms work?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check interior floors, walls, and ceilings

 

 

 

Are there any water stains on the ceiling (especially below bathrooms)?

Yes

No

 

Have any walls been damaged by movers?

Yes

No

 

Are handrails in stairways secured?

Yes

No

 

Have floors been damaged by movers or pets?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check for leaks and plumbing problems

 

 

 

Flush all toilets. Do they run, empty slowly, or leak?

Yes

No

 

Check all faucets. Do they leak?

Yes

No

 

Fill the sinks. Do they drain properly?

Yes

No

 

Fill the tubs. Do they drain properly?

Yes

No

 

Do the overflows on the tubs work?

Yes

No

 

Do the tub jets work? (spa tubs only)?

Yes

No

 

Turn on all showers. Do they drain properly?

Yes

No

 

Look under sinks. Are there any leaks?

Yes

No

 

Check the basement. Look at the floor, walls, and any exposed plumbing. Are there signs of leaks?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check electric

 

 

 

Turn on all lights. Do they work?

Yes

No

 

Check plate covers. Are they damaged or missing?

Yes

No

 

Check the kitchen and bathroom outlets. Are there GFCI outlets next to the sinks and other water sources?

Yes

No

 

Inspect the circuit breaker box. Are all the circuits labeled?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check exterior

 

 

 

Is the landscape as you expected it? Any shrubs or trees missing?

Yes

No

 

Turn on the sprinklers. Do they work?

Yes

No

 

Check roof for missing shingles?

Yes

No

 

Is the siding in the expected condition?

Yes

No

 

Are the windows in the expected condition?

Yes

No

 

Are garbage and recycling cans on the property?

Yes

No

 

Are sidewalks and driveway in expected condition?

Yes

No

 

Does exterior lighting work?

Yes

No

 

Are downspouts clear of debris?

Yes

No

 

Is the pool and Hot Tub in working condition?

Yes

No

 

Is the outside shower and all outside faucets in working condition?

Yes

No

 

Are outside outlets GFCI protected and working?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check attic and other storage places

 

 

 

Is it empty? Are there any hazardous materials?

Yes

No

 

Do you see signs of pests?

Yes

No

 

Is the insulation compressed, torn or compromised?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check for cleanliness

 

 

 

Is the property clean overall?

Yes

No

 

Is all personal property not included in the sale removed?

Yes

No

 

Are there signs of pest infestations?

Yes

No

 

Is all debris removed?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Sellers Checklist and Preparation before Closing

Many times home buyers and home sellers never get a chance to meet.  Sellers can facilitate a smooth closing by having the following checklist of items taken care of in advance of closing.  A good rule of thumb is to leave the home in the same condition you would want if you were moving in.  Leave the items out on the kitchen counter so the buyers will see it when they perform the final walk-through before closing.

 

 

Sellers Checklist Prior to Closing

 

Manuals, operating instructions and warranty: Leave manuals for appliances and mechanicals like the HVAC system on the kitchen counter for the seller to find.

 

 

 

Include security alarm codes and manuals

 

 

 

Include keys to the house and any outbuildings

 

 

 

Include remotes for garage doors, fans, blinds etc.

 

 

 

Window screens: If screens aren’t in the windows, leave a note indicating where they are.

 

 

 

Light bulbs: Replace any burned out light bulbs in the house.

 

 

 

Batteries: Verify batteries in smoke detector are still working or replace with fresh batteries.

 

 

 

Forwarding address and phone number: Even if you’ve submitted your change of address form to the post office, provide it to the buyer in case they need to forward mail to you or call you with questions.

 

 

 

Clean: Leave your home clean for the buyers and remove all trash.

 

 

 

Paint for touch-ups: It’s a thoughtful gesture to leave any paint cans marked with the rooms where the paint was used. The buyer can then do touch-ups later on if needed.

 

 

 

Service Providers:  Leave a list of service providers used at the home for the buyers to reference.

If there are any issues discovered during your final walk through, immediately contact your agent to discuss them.  Your Eillu real estate agent can advise you regarding appropriate courses of action.   Depending on the severity of the issue, several courses of action can be taken.  A minor item could be overlooked or you could seek financial compensation or repair by the seller.

If a major item or more costly item is revealed then your agent will contact the seller agent.  Closing could be postponed in order to investigate the issue or financial compensation from seller to buyer could be negotiated.  Keep in mind that the seller could refuse and you also have the option to walk away from the deal. 

Immediately communicating any problems you detect will make sure you’re appropriately compensated for any uncompleted repairs previously agreed upon or recent damage that may have occurred when the previous owners were moving out.

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