Shortly before closing on your new home, you will be provided the opportunity to take a final walk through to ensure nothing has happen in the month leading up to the sale of the home. This is an important step you should take advantage of and with a keener eye than when you first viewed the home. You may notice some things you didn’t before. Here are 10 things home inspectors recommend for you to look for.
Check Contractual Repairs Were Completed. Following a home inspection, sellers may agree to complete certain repairs in order to secure the home sale. The final walk through affords the buyer the opportunity to ensure the repairs are done.
Items Included In Sale Are Left Behind. Bring your purchase agreement with you to your walk through to serve as a checklist for items that should have been left behind like appliances, blinds, or other items in your contract.
Test The Plumbing. Flush toilets and run each of the faucets, hot and cold, to ensure each works and the water pressure is adequate. Don’t forget to check shower heads and tub faucets for water clarity, especially if the home has been sitting for a long while. If the home has a septic tank, it is best to have a septic inspected by a licensed professional.
Review Electrical Systems. Test light switches for interior and exterior lights as well as outlets throughout the house. If possible, bring a volt tester to make checking easier. If there is any automated system (garage doors, security, lights, etc.) be sure to test those too.
Check For Security Issues. Open and close all windows and doors and check their locks. Inspect smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors, and if there is an installed security system , be sure to collect information about how to program it. These are important things you want to know about before moving in.
Run The HVAC System. Turn on both the heating and cooling systems regardless of the weather outside. Sellers may be unaware of issues when the season for use has passed.
Check Each Of The Appliances. If the home purchase includes the appliances, check to see if they were unplugged when the seller moved out and if they need plug back in—and if they work when they do. Put the dishwasher, washing machine, and the dryer on a short cycle and be aware of any unusual smells, sounds, or leaks.
Spend Time In The Kitchen & Bathrooms. These two areas of a home are often the first places signs of concern will show themselves, particularly after sitting unused for a few days. Look for signs of water damage, standing water, or musty smells that can indicate mold or mildew. These can be missed during an inspection when a home is being actively used, cleaned, and air is circulated.
Watch For Signs Of Pests. Pests are another major concern that are revealed when a home sits empty, even just for a day or two. Be familiar with indicators of termites, rodents, bed bugs, or even a stray animal that managed to sneak in.
Inspect The Outside Too. While most homeowners primarily focus on the inside of the home, the outside should not be overlooked. Ensure things were left per the contract like the trash bins or front garden—some sellers have been known to dig up and take their favorite plants with them. Remember, if it wasn’t specifically listed in the contract, there is a chance it can be taken. Other areas to inspect include the irrigation system, porches/patios, pool & the pool filtration system, other buildings, fences, and exterior walls.