Deborah Kling
Deborah Kling
Team Leader

The Complete Final Walkthrough Checklist

The Complete Final Walkthrough Checklist

You’re almost there. You can’t wait to finally get your house keys and move to this new place you’d call home. You just can’t contain your excitement as the closing day approaches.

However, you’ve still got the final walkthrough—your last chance to make sure everything is in place and in the right condition before you sign the paperwork. It’s a critical step in the home buying process so it can be just as nerve-wracking. There’s a lot to keep track of because you want to make sure that the house is exactly in the way you want it to be before it can be called yours.

You and your real estate agent’s goal is to make the final walkthrough smooth sailing, so here are some tips before you reach the finish line.


  • Phone/camera – Use it to take photos of anything that concerns you or wants to take note of.
  • Phone charger – Aside from keeping your phone alive, you can use it to test the electrical outlets around the house.
  • Notepad and pen – They might come in handy when jotting down notes and questions as needed.
  • The home inspection report – You can use it to review the issues flagged by the inspector and check if the seller completed the negotiated repairs.
  • Your home purchase agreement – This is your legally binding contract that lays out the terms agreed upon by both parties of the transaction.


  • The home should be in broom clean condition.
  • All the negotiated repairs have been completed, with proof of receipt validating that the work was taken care of, together with the date.
  • All appliances included in the sale should be clean and functioning properly.
  • All fixtures, such as doorknobs, cabinet handles, etc., should be included and in place unless it was indicated in writing that they will be the property of the seller.
  • If you’re buying a new construction home, make sure to look for defects and other cosmetic issues.


  • Open and close all doors and windows and make sure they lock correctly.
  • Test out both heating and cooling using the HVAC system, even if it’s freezing or scorching hot outside, and see if they’re working satisfactorily.
  • Turn on and off all the light switches and ceiling fans.
  • Plug your phone charger in every electrical outlet to make sure they’re functional.
  • Inspect all walls, ceilings, and floors to check if there’s any damage or mold that wasn’t there before, especially in spaces where there used to be furniture.
  • Run the garbage disposal.
  • Run the exhaust fans or extractor fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Test all faucets and the showerhead to make sure they have both hot and cold water.
  • Check the bathrooms and make sure they’re free from any mold, leaks, and water damage.
  • Flush toilets to check for leaks.
  • Test out all garage doors, doorbells, and any smart security systems.
  • Make sure that all garbage, debris, personal belongings, and other items have been removed.

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The Complete Final Walkthrough Checklist

The Complete Final Walkthrough Checklist

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