Before becoming the official homeowner, you will have to double-check that your new home is in the condition you expected. This can be done with the help of a home inspector in what is called a final inspection, and you should take full advantage of this opportunity. Continue reading to learn how you can prepare for the final inspection of your new home and how an experienced New York City real estate attorney at Zimmet Law Group, P.C. can walk you through this process.
What will a final walkthrough entail?
To reiterate, the final walkthrough will allow you to confirm that nothing about the home has changed for the worst since your initial inspection. What’s more, it will allow you to confirm that all the terms you negotiated have been settled. So, with the help of a qualified home inspector, you will be looking at the following:
- Floorboards and carpets: you should check for any creaky or loose floorboards. And if there is carpeting, you should check for any lumps that can create issues later on.
- Water quality: you should check the drainage, showers, faucets, etc. to ensure the water quality is up to par and that there are no leaks that can create issues later on.
- Appliances: you should check the refrigerator, stovetop, etc. to ensure they are up-to-date and ready for move-in.
- Missing property: you should check that the personal property or appliances you negotiated with the seller are present and set up.
- Abandoned items: you should check that the personal property or appliances you did not negotiate with the seller are disposed of.
- Negotiated repairs: you should check that all necessary repairs you negotiated with the seller have been completed.
What can I do to prepare for the final inspection of my new home?
Sure, you should expect the house to be swept, vacuumed, and overall in a clean condition when you go through your final inspection. However, you should not hold the expectation that it is going to be spotless.
Next, you may not think about checking the heating system if you are doing your final inspection in the summer, or the air conditioning system during the winter. But you must not overlook the condition of the house’s HVAC systems.
Lastly, you must equally inspect the outside of the house as you do the inside of the house. This is especially the case if you negotiated outside repairs with the seller. That is, you must check the landscape maintenance and see that weeds are waxed, trees are trimmed, and the outside of the house is washed.
For additional assistance, reach out to a skilled New York City real estate attorney today. We look forward to collaborating with you.