Final Walk-Through Checklist

Final Walk-Through Checklist

The final walk-through gives homebuyers an opportunity to inspect a property before closing on the sale of a property.

During the walk-through, buyers can determine if the repair work they requested in the sales agreement has been completed. They can also confirm that the condition of the property has not deteriorated since last seen.

Because the walk-through takes place only a few days or even hours before closing, it’s easy for excited homebuyers to skip taking another careful look at the property. However, being thorough during these final steps can save buyers from unexpected headaches and expense.

Bring this checklist and a copy of your sales agreement to the walk-through to keep you on track. Be sure to discuss any issues you discover with your agent before closing.

 

Ensure that requested repairs have been made

  • Have all the repairs you requested in your sales agreement been made?
Yes No
  • Do you have all warranties and/or bills for repairs made?
Yes No
      Notes:

 

Check for items you purchased with the house

  • Drapes
Yes No
  • Appliances
Yes No
  • Lighting
Yes No
  • Furnishings
Yes No
  • Hot tub or sauna
Yes No
  • Play structures
Yes No
  • Remote control devices for ceiling fans, alarms, garage doors
Yes No
  • Owner’s manuals for appliances and home systems (air conditioning, heating, fireplace units, alarm systems, etc.)
Yes No
      Notes:

 

Check window and doors

  • Do the doors open and close properly?
Yes No
  • Do the windows open and close properly?
Yes No
  • Do the windows latch?
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
      Notes:

 

Check for mold and water damage

  • Do the windows have signs of mold?
Yes No
  • Are there signs of mold or water damage under the kitchen sink?
Yes No
  • Are there signs of mold or water damage in the bathroom?
Yes No
  • Are there signs of mold or water damage around the refrigerator area?
Yes No
  • Are there signs of mold or water damage around the washer/dryer area?
Yes No
  • Are there signs of mold or water damage around the water heater?
Yes No
      Notes:

 

Mold can begin growing within 48 hours and water damage can occur at any time. So, even if your physical inspector did not find signs of mold or water damage, you should look for these during the final walk-through.

 

Check appliances and systems

  • Start the dishwasher when you come in. Can it complete its cycle?
Yes No
  • Test the air conditioner. Does the thermostat work? Does the system blow cool air?
Yes No
  • Test the heating system work. Does it get hot?
Yes No
  • Flip 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
      Notes:

 

Check interior floors, walls, and ceilings

  • Are there 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?
Yes No
  • Have the floors been damaged by 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
  • 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?
Yes No
  • Turn on the sprinklers. Do they work?
Yes No
      Notes:

 

Check attic and other storage places

  • Is it empty?
Yes No
  • Do you see signs of pests?
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 bug infestations?
Yes No
  • Is all debris removed?
Yes No
      Notes: