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The Final Walkthrough – When, Why and How It’s Done
After all the houses you looked at and all the steps you had to take to finally get to closing day on your new home, there's one last thing homebuyers must do....
The final walkthrough.  
When exactly should you do it?
Why are you doing it?
How should you do it?
I always do the walkthrough with my clients on the day of closing. Anything can happen from one day to the next.  What if you did the walkthrough the day before and then it rained hard non-stop over the next 24 hours, you closed and THEN found, as a new homeowner, there was significant water seepage in the basement?  Nope… always best to walk through as close to closing as possible.
The seller should have already vacated the premises.  Why?  Well if not, you cannot be sure that personal items in the house will be left behind for you to deal with.  You also want to make sure everything you expect to be in the house, per the contract, is there and has not been removed.  For example, if the contract stated the washer and dryer are included, then they must be there.
So why are you doing this again?  You had ... more

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