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Tips for a successful final walk-through

Final walk-through tips

Congratulations! Your offer has been accepted and you’re on your way to the closing table. Below, we outline nine ultra-quick tips for completing a successful final walk-through of your new home in Minnesota or western Wisconsin.

1. Schedule the walk-through

Schedule your walk-through for 24 hours before closing. You’ll be able to see the property as close to its final status as possible, but you won’t have an additional appointment on the day of your closing.

2. Check appliances

Turn on the dishwasher and stove, run the microwave, check the ice machine and flip on the garbage disposal to make sure you don’t have any home improvement surprises on move-in day.

3. Run the water systems

Next, run the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms and check for leaks. While you’re at it, flush every toilet so you can rest assured that your new home doesn’t have any plumbing issues.

4. Check the electricity

Test your electrical systems by turning on every light switch. Test each outlet using a small outlet tester (available at any hardware store) or plug your mobile device into each outlet to see if it charges. (Pro tip: This is an excellent way to keep kids occupied if they attend your closing with you.)

5. Assess heating and cooling

Here in the Midwest, not many days go by where we don’t need a heating or cooling system. Be sure to turn them on during the walk-through.

6. Test every entry point

Test each window, door and sliding glass door to make sure they open and shut all the way. If windows are old, be sure their locking mechanisms still work without too much trouble.

7. Check fixtures

While most sellers won’t strip the home of its fixtures, owners occasionally take tokens with them when they go. Check that fixtures like light switches and built-in appliances are still there; if you’re not sure what counts as a fixture, consult our handy list.

8. Look for seller “gifts”

In addition to checking for missing fixtures, you should also check for surprise presents from the previous owner. Peek into all storage closets, eaves and the attic to ensure the previous owner has removed their belongings. Don’t forget to check the rafters of the garage.

9. Get home gadgets and ask for resources

Be sure the seller has left you with all the home’s gadgets – like garage door openers and ceiling fan remotes – and resources like the home security code, garage code, and appliance manuals. You may also want to ask for a list of contractors who have worked on the home, especially if it has undergone recent updates. When it comes to buying a home, you can never have too much information.

Get ready for closing

Once the walk-through is complete, you are officially ready for closing! Check out our tips for what to bring to the closing table in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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