Final Walk-Through Checklist

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

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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
Other: Yes No
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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
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Note: 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
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
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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
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