What’s A Final Walk-Through?
One to three days prior to closing, buyers go back to the home for what is called a “Final Walk
Through”. As much as buyers want to start deciding where to put their furniture and how they
will decorate, this is really a time to focus on the following:
1. Are the repairs you asked for completed to your satisfaction? These would be items
you negotiated after the inspection (most likely). Be sure the owner has provided
any warranties and you have all repair receipts of work completed.
2. Are all items listed as INCLUSIONS on the offer present on the property and in
3. Check bathrooms to be sure there is no standing water around the base of the toilet or
under the sink drain area. Flush toilets to make sure they aren’t running. Turn
on faucets to verify they have hot water and are not leaking when turned off.
Don’t forget the showerhead.
4. Check the kitchen for leaks under the sink, by the dishwasher, and under the refrigerator.
5. Test any appliances included as part of the offer to see that they are in working condition.
6. No matter what the temperature is during your final walk-through, double-check that
the heating and air conditioning work properly.
7. Turn lights on and check outlets to see that they are working. You can plug your
phone charger in to see that they work. (A good thing to bring along)
8. Don’t forget to check the outside of the property as well. Is it in the same condition
as when you last saw it? (outside water spigot, fences, gates, landscaping)
“After you’ve reached the end of your final walk-through checklist, your real estate agent can
help you decide what to do with your findings. Some issues may be big enough to present to the
seller as items to fix before closing, and others may be good-to-know items for you to address
the day you move in.”