Final Walk Through Checklist

(a day or two before your closing)

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  • Look at the walls for any signs of leaks.
  • Make sure all stored items are removed.

  • Turn the thermostat to a higher setting. Feel each radiator or register for warmth.
  • In the summer months, (exterior air temperature must be higher than 60 degrees) turn the air conditioning to a lower setting. Feel each register or room unit for cool air.
  • Obtain copies of all manufacturers manuals and warranties for the heating system and air conditioning system if available.
  • Obtain the name of the heating or air conditioning contractor presently servicing the system.
  • If the heating system is a heat pump or electric baseboard system, you should obtain copies of the last 12 months electric bills to estimate your energy cost.
  • Operate all ceiling fans.

  • Run the water in all the sinks at the same time and flush the toilet to check the pressure.
  • Turn on the hot and cold water in each fixture.
  • If there is a landscape sprinkler system turn it on and operate all zones to confirm proper operation.
  • Turn on all hose bibbs.
  • Operate all fans.

  • Turn all light fixtures on and off.
  • Test all smoke detectors.
  • If any work has been performed on the electrical system since the home inspection, obtain the Fire Underwriters Certificate for same.
  • Test all alarm systems. Obtain copies of all warranties and operating manuals. Get information concerning any central monitoring companies as well as a copy of their security agreement. Change all security codes immediately after closing.

  • Turn on the faucet and sprayer.
  • Operate all appliances kitchen and laundry, fans and rangehoods. Don’t forget the washer and dryer, run through all their cycles.
  • Check all appliances to make sure they have not been replaced by the seller after the inspection.

  • Open and close all windows and operate all locks.
  • Open and close all doors and operate all locks.
  • Operate any automatic garage door openers and obtain the transmitters.
  • Operate all door bells and intercoms.
  • Change all exterior locks immediately after closing.

  • Check the interior of the home for leaks.
  • Look for missing shingles, shakes, or tiles.
  • Check to see that gutters and downspouts are secure.

  • Make sure your attorney has a c/o for the stove or fireplace.
  • Obtain operating and installation instructions for stoves if available.