Home Buying: Final Walk-Through

Before escrow closes, you and your agent should conduct a walk-through to ensure that the property is in the same condition as when escrow first initiated, if not better, and to ensure that all requested and agreed upon repairs have been completed and cleaned up. It is important to not overlook the following items:

  • The requested/agreed upon repairs have been made
  • All items that are included in the sale are still there
  • Hot water heater is strapped
  • No plants or shrubs have been removed from the yard
  • Garage door openers are available (if applicable)
  • Instruction books and warranties or there (if applicable)
  • All personal items of the sellers and all debris has been removed

What Not to Overlook on a Final Walk-Through

Be sure that:

  • Repairs you’ve requested have been made. Obtain copies of paid bills and any related warranties
  • All items that were included in the sale price – draperies, lighting fixtures – are still there
  • Screen and storm windows are in place or stored
  • All appliances are operating
  • Intercom, doorbell, and alarm are operational
  • Hot water heater is working
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are working
  • No plants or shrubs have been removed from the yard
  • Garage door opener and other remotes are available
  • Instruction books and warranties on appliances and fixtures are there
  • All personal items of the sellers and all debris have been removed