Just before closing on your new home your agent will schedule a final walk-through of the property. This should typically last about an hour and should be the day before or in the morning just before closing.
Bring the list of items the seller was scheduled to repair and confirm these repairs were made. Make sure any items the seller agreed to leave behind are on site.
Verify the home is in the same condition it was when the contract was signed. Open all doors and windows and check the locks. Make sure all of the appliances work along with the air conditioning and heating systems. Test the light switches and outlets along with the smoke detectors. Check the faucets, flush the toilets and make sure the tubs and drains work properly.
Be sure to check the exterior of the home as well. Confirm the landscaping is in the same condition as when you purchased the home. Check the exterior doors, windows, sides of home and roof for any damage.
I bring along a checklist of items, your agent most likely will as well. A thorough walk through helps minimize unexpected surprises after closing on your new home. If there are any issues that come up during the walk-through your agent should contact the sellers right away.
Kelly Harden, Realtor®
Century 21 Shaw Realty