Charlotte Home Buyer Tips | Walk-Through Tips
Whatever you do, you do not want to skip the walk-through! Always attend the walk-through with your Realtor® if at all possible. This should be done after the sellers have moved out and the home has been thoroughly cleaned. Be sure to check for any appliance manuals, garage door openers, neighborhood information or informative notebooks left. A detail-oriented homeowner will leave these things for you so that you will be able to have everything at your fingertips when you move in.
Details to observe in your walk-through should always include:
- Bring your camera or phone so that you are able to document any issues or unmade repairs that you may notice.
- Check repairs that the sellers agreed upon; the rest of the items are your responsibility.
- Check all major appliances as well as the garbage disposal and exhaust system in the kitchen to ascertain that they are working properly.
- Turn every single light fixture on and off.
- Run water in every sink and tub; be sure to check under the sinks for leaks.
- Flush all toilets, checking for any leaks and that the water stops running after a normal flush cycle.
- Check underneath the deck as this is a common ‘forgotten’ area that sellers typically miss.
- Check the central vacuum for functionality
- If the home has a basement, check there for moisture and items left behind.
- Check garage doors and openers. Be certain that your agent has any combo code if the garage doors have an exterior combo box.
- Make sure that your agent tests the alarm system and has received the code from the sellers to give to you at Closing.
- Open and close all doors and windows.
- Inspect ceilings, wall and floors for integrity and any signs of water damage.
- Test heating and air conditioning systems (yes, test both, regardless of the time of the year!)
©Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group Real Estate | Charlotte Home Buyer Tips | Don’t Miss the Walk-Through