To tape or not to tape - that is the question - The Final Walkthrough

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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?
Paint color
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.

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Benchmark Realty,318 Seaboard Ln., Ste 115, Franklin, TN  615-371-1544
Diane Osowiecki, license #290309 cell - 615-406-2184  email
Mandy Buchholz, license #309437 cell - 615-477-6959  email  mandybuchholztn@gmail
Bob Osowiecki, license #325031  cell - 615-878-3902 email


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  1. Barbara Todaro 02/20/2010 12:30 AM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Tape tape and more new construction inspection I went thru took 7 visits to find it had all disappeared and been corrected..get what they paid for !

Feb 20, 2010 12:11 AM #1
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -

Thanks for the reminder. Yes, I agree the blue tape is like a sore thumb to everyone.  It does get the job done for all. 

Feb 20, 2010 12:13 AM #2
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

New construction as well as resale needs a good going over by an inspector and new homes also need several pairs of eyes looking for cosmetic flaws that builders should make right. Couldn't agree with you more.

Feb 20, 2010 12:17 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Diane....good post....inspections are important whether the home is new or resale....

Feb 20, 2010 12:28 AM #4
Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Greater Nashville Real Estate

Thanks everyone for your comments.  I can't believe that we stillfind so many problems with new construction.   You think with the current environment that they would uuse a little more "skill" when building.  Not so much.

Feb 20, 2010 12:42 AM #5
Marcie Sandalow
Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 - Bethesda, MD
Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate

Nice list, Diane.  I always pick up a thing or two when looking at other lists.  Thanks.

Feb 20, 2010 12:49 AM #6
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Diane, this contains very useful information for buyers, as well as agents.  I love your clipart.  Where do you get it from? 

Feb 20, 2010 04:08 AM #7
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