To tape or not to tape - that is the question - The Final Walkthrough
As we get ready for a final walkthrough for our client on her first new home the question of blue tape or not to blue tape always comes up. Yes, we want to look for obvious fixes but the final walkthrough is also a time to make sure that everything you asked for has been done, and completed in a professional manner. Take your time when you are doing your walk through inspection. It is not the time to be busy dreaming of yourself in the new home.
I know that many folks do not agree with me, but I suggest, even on new construction, to have a home inspection. Why? The builder is more motivated to fix a problem before the closing. Once you've closed then it is covered under the "maintenance" group.
Have a copy of your Sales Contract with you, as well as your agent. The copy of the contract will assist you with reviewing the items that were be included with the property. The agent is there to help you stay focused, and another pair of eyes, especially eyes that have done this before are always helpful.
Here are a few points to review:
Do you have all warranties and/or bills for repairs made?
Owner's manuals for appliances and home systems (air conditioning, heating, fireplace units, alarm systems, etc
Are you getting what you asked for?
Check window and doors - Yes I open each and every window and show my client how they work
Do the doors open and close properly?
Do the windows open and close properly?
Do the windows latch?
Are any windows missing screens?
Are there any missing storm windows?
Is there condensation in double-panned windows?
Are there any broken windows?
Check Appliances and Systems
Start the dishwasher when you come in. Can it complete its cycle?
Test HVAC system and learn how the thermostat(s) work?
Flip on overhead fans. Do they work?
Test the water heater. And learn how to change the temperature and all shutoffs.
Is the water from faucets hot?
Does the doorbell work?
Does the garage door open and close smoothly and quietly?
Does the stove work (check all burners and oven)?
Does the built-in microwave oven work?
Learn how to work the fireplace and make sure it works, including the damper and fans
Fill each sink and then let the water drain. Check underneath to make sure there are no leaks
Run the tub and make sure it drains properly
Floors and Walls
Are they in the same or better condition then when you made your offer?
If new construction, is the carpet the color and type you ordered?
Are the walls smooth and painted the correct color? Look for any nicks or holes from movers.
Make sure that no plants, trees, shrubs have been removed. If new construction, make sure that the landscaping package you purchased is in fact the one you received.
This list is by no way a true all encompassing list, but it will get you thinking what to look for and how detailed to be. This is your new home, make sure it is all that you thought it was when you wrote the offer.