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What to do on a Final Walkthrough
A Paragon Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 22, 2013 9:58 AM

What needs to be looked at on a final walk through? This can be a remodel or a new home. You need to walk through the home and check out things yourself. Initially you can do it yourself and then with your builder. What do you actually do on a final walk through?

Some builders will give you tape to mark areas you want to address. Others will have you make a list or just walk and talk with them.

Lets just start with all the components you need to look at. This covers; Opening and closing doors, windows, drawers, and cabinets; Running water in all the sinks, showers, tubs, and flushing toilets; Turning the A/C and Heater on; Turning on and running all appliances; Looking at all the paint inside and out; Looking at the stonework; Turn on all the lights, fans, and exhaust fans. Flooring and baseboards ok? Sprinkler, septic, and well areas can also be addressed.

Starting with opening and closing everything. You want to make sure they open ok and don’t drag on anything, close ok, and lock if they have locks.

Plumbing involves, running water in sinks, showers, and tubs. Do you have any loose hardware? Leaks under the sinks? Pressure ok? Drainage ok? In flushing the toilets, do they flush ok? Any leakage? Is the toilet loose?

A/C and Heater. Turn on the A/C, is it cold? Is cold air coming out ALL the vents? Do you have filters in? Do the thermostats work? Do the same thing for the Heater. You might have the heater running off Propane. Make sure all is good.

Test the appliances. Oven heating? Dishwasher working? Disposal connected? Heat and exhaust fans working in rest room areas? Test all additional appliance as well. If you have a washer installed, make sure it is not leaking.

Lights through out your home should all have light bulbs. Start going through and turning lights on and checking them out, test dimmers too if you have those. Turn ceiling fans on, and check out the various speeds and reversals.

Look at all the paint. If you see areas that need touching up, mark them for final touch up. This could be inside or outside.

In looking at the flooring, any chips, cracks, scratches? These all can be fixed. Just walk through your home and look.

Finally, outside sprinklers, septic, and well might require you getting a bit of training, so you know what to look for.

These are just some things you might want to check out, before you make that final construction payment. Most builders will still honor and correct what you find. Ask your builder what process to follow.

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