Your home inspection was likely performed when the house was occupied and furnished. Furniture, storage and other items will prevent your inspector from accessing every inch of the house. Additionally, the condition of the house can change significantly depending on the amount of time between the inspection and closing. It is highly recommended that you schedule a walk-through of your house several days prior to closing. Be sure to bring your Purchase Agreement, the Seller’s Disclosure Report and your Inspection Report so you can refer to all items included in your home purchase and their conditions as reported by the Inspector. Use this checklist as a guide:
1. Walk around the exterior looking for any changes in the condition of the house such as damaged siding or broken windows.
2. Check the garage door and opener. These can easily be damaged by movers.
3. View the roof from the ground to ensure shingles are intact.
4. Check operation of all appliances that are staying.
5. Check for signs of water leaks in ceilings, basements, water heaters and plumbing.
6. Check for visible mold and water damage in areas not previously visible such as closets.
7. Walk around the interior, look behind curtains, blinds, etc. for damage to walls or windowsills.
If repairs to deficiencies were negotiated as part of your contract your inspector can perform a low cost follow-up inspection.