March 4th, 2014 10:31 AM by Dan Howard
ONE THING: YOU DO NOT OWN THE PROBLEMS IN THE HOME UNTIL THE MOMENT OF CLOSING With that in mind, be diligent and
aware during the walk through. The last couple of months, the seller has the
perspective and advantage of knowing that soon the problems of this house will
be behind them.
Your Pre Closing Walk
Through Inspection List
1. Determine if repairs that were noted in the
inspection or occupancy reports and requested from the seller are completed.
Obtain and review available receipts and work orders prior to the walk through.
2. Look for any active or new signs of roof,
foundation or plumbing leaks.
3. Check all appliances to determine if they are
in working order.
4. Run water in sink drains, check for hot
water, flush toilets, and check under sinks.
5. Run the air conditioning and heating systems.
Check air flow and temperature in all rooms.
6. Observe the areas and items that were covered
or inaccessible during the inspection due to limited access, furniture and
7. Check intercoms, burglar alarms, lawn
sprinklers, timers, and smoke detectors.
8. Check windows, doors, screens, and screened
9. Look for evidence of
sewer backups. Check for stains and lift the cover of floor drains to check for
paper or waste under those lids
10. Use your
senses. Almost everything that does not
smell, feel or look good is not good for you or your pocketbook
11. Review the occupancy
inspection and completed work. As one example of potential problems, removing
the downspouts from the existing drains could cause foundation leaks.
CAREFUL: Never tamper with things you do not understand
- especially electrical and mechanical items. A pre-settlement walk through is
very important even though you have had a professional inspection.
"REMEMBER" things can and do change between the time you sign the
contract and the time of possession.