New Home Buyers Walk Through Check List

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Home buyers are cautioned to carefully check a home when they perform a walk through on the day of closing. Failure to do so can be very costly

Home buyers are advised to make sure they check all of the following items carefully. If any of these problems after the purchase of the home the problems come with the home and they are now the YOURS (without costly litigation).

GENERAL

Were all your questions answered by the home inspector?        

Were all your questions for the home owner answered in writing?        

Have the previously agreed to repairs been professionally completed?        

Have warranties and guarantees been provided for agreed upon repairs?        

Were the home inspectors recommendations to have all recommended additional inspections and invasive inspections performed? If not open ended risks may be more than most buyers budgets can bare?        

EXTERIOR

Check the operation of the windows and screens?        

Has water been stopped from accumulating near the building?        

Check doors, decks, siding, windows & fences for damage / deterioration?              

Are there any signs of water infiltration from the roof, siding or windows?        

Are there any signs of gutter or downspout problems?                 

Are the downspouts discharging water away from the foundation?        

Has the soil around the home been pitched away from the foundation?        

INTERIOR

Have all the areas listed in the home inspection report as inaccessible or not traversed been accessed & professionally inspected to determine if defects exist?             

Do the garage doors and their openers function?             

Was the reversing devices for the garage door openers tested?        

Did you find out why any stains or cracks on any of the walls or ceilings that have become larger or have appeared since the time of the home inspection?        

Have all cracked windows or mirrors been repaired?        

Have all the clouded double pane windows been replaced?        

Are all the permanently installed fixtures or appliances been in place and in good condition?             

Are there any signs of birds, rodents or animals?        

Has any damage to damage to the walls, floor or ceilings been repaired?        

PLUMBING

Do the plumbing fixture faucets leak or drip?        

Are the plumbing fixtures chipped or damaged?        

Was water for a time through all plumbing fixtures and check for leakage?        

Was water for a time through all plumbing fixtures and check for stoppage?        

ELECTRICAL

Are all the light fixtures are all in place?        

Do the light fixtures, switches and receptacles all function?        

Does the door bell work?        

HEATING AND COOLING

Do the thermostat, heating and cooling systems function?        

Is there adequate air flow through the heating and cooling registers?        

Did all the radiators or convectors get warm in a reasonable amount of time?        

KITCHEN

Do all the appliances function properly?             

Are the counter tops or cabinets damaged?        

Do the cabinets and drawers operate?        

Complete this check list during the walk through and go over it with your attorney prior to closing on the property Most inspection companies accept no liability for changes and problems that occur after the home inspection takes place. Please take the time to carefully and completely perform your pre-settlement walk though. Contact the home inspection company if there are any questions.

Michael Del Greco is President of Accurate Inspections, Inc. A New Jersey home inspection firm, has performed thousands of home inspections in New Jersey since 1993, taught the New Jersey Home Inspector Licensing classes and New Jersey Home Inspector CEU classes as well as participated in developing questions for the National Home Inspector Exam. The home inspector's resume may be viewed at http://www.accurateinspections.com/michael2.htm

Visit http://home-inspector.NewJerseyHomeInspection.com for a list of home inspectors in New Jersey.

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