For most people, buying a home is one of the most important investment decisions of their lives. The experience can be both exciting and stressful. In order to make the purchase as stress-free as possible, it is important to consider several factors during a final walkthrough or inspection before you decide whether or not to purchase the home. While your inspector will check many aspects of the home, there are lots of things you can check out for yourself, especially if you're going to be there for the inspection, which we highly recommend. When all of the ABCs are covered, you’ll feel considerably less stress, and this can provide most people with the confidence they need to remove their inspection condition.

Check for Plumbing Problems and Leaks

Make sure all of the plumbing and potential leaks are checked to see if there are any problems prior to moving into the residence. Make sure to flush all of the toilets, and then wait to see if they run; you should also check to see whether there is an empty tank or leak. Fill all of the sinks and see if they are draining properly. This includes the tubs. Make sure that the overflows in the tubs are working properly and the tub jets are operating in spas.

Inspect All of the Items That Were Purchased With the Home

It is important to check that the drapes and curtains are functioning properly. Also, you should test all appliances that come with the purchase. It is helpful to turn on things like the dishwasher and oven to make sure they are operating effectively. It is also helpful to make sure that the manuals for each of the appliances is handy just in case something goes wrong in the future. The lighting should be checked in all rooms to make sure that it’s working properly. Additionally, it is important that all of the remote control devices are working, such as the ceiling fans, garage doors, and alarms.

Test the Windows and Doors

Don't forget to ensure that the windows and doors are operating effectively. This includes checking a variety of functions to ensure full operability. First, check to see if the doors are opening and closing properly. Furthermore, there are latches that need to be checked to make sure the windows can be closed. The screens on the windows should also be checked to make sure there is nothing missing. All broken or cracked windows should be replaced before you move in. Finally, condensation in double-paned windows could indicate that the windows are not sealed properly.


Taking a checklist will do a lot to ensure that the home is fully functioning before you move in. A checklist can help provide the stress relief that will ensure confidence while signing the final documents. Otherwise, it can be frustrating moving into a place only to find that there are a slew of problems that need to be addressed. Taking a little bit of time now can protect you from grief in the future. Are you looking to learn more about your first home purchase? Contact us today to schedule a one on one buyer consultation.

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