Final Walk Through Inspection on New Home
Final Walk Through Inspection Checklist
By: Mark J. Donovan
So youíre within days of closing on
your newly constructed home and youíre already to move in. Before you close on
your home, however, it is important that you first do a final walk through on
the newly constructed home. If you are intent on closing on the planned closing
day, then you should preferably do the final walk through at least several days
before the closing. This will enable the general contractor to have some time to
address any issues that may be uncovered during the walk through.
Checklist Around the Outside of the
Newly Constructed Home
When doing a final walk through of a
newly constructed home, start by walking around the outside of the home. Check
for loose siding and roofing shingles. Also check the outside foundation for
cracks. Make sure screens are in all windows, and that entrance ways are
properly and completely installed e.g. stairs, decks, and walkways. Also check
that the outside water spigots and outlet boxes are operational. Also make sure
all outside lights are working.
In addition, make sure ground fault
interrupter circuits have been used on outside outlets. Finally take a careful
look at the gutters to make sure they have been installed properly and have a
good pitch towards the drain pipes.
Next examine the grounds /
landscaping. Has the turf been properly installed and looking healthy? If grass
seed was planted, has it germinated? Are retaining walls properly constructed
and were they installed where you expected them to be? Make sure that all the
shrubs that you paid for were installed in the right locations and were of the
right species. If an underwater sprinkler system was installed make sure it
Also check the grade of the
landscaping around the home foundation. The grade should be such that water will
drain away from the foundation. If this is not done, expect regular basement
water problems. Also check for pooled areas, where water is sitting stagnant. If
you see pooled areas this is a sign that grading was not done properly. Finally,
make sure the driveway was installed properly and to your satisfaction.
Walk Through Checklist for the Inside of the Newly Constructed Home
Once you have completed the walk
through around the outside of the home, itís time to check the inside. When
doing the inside walk through you may want to bring along an outlet tester or
small appliance such as a hair dryer to check to make sure power is operational
to all outlets.
When performing a walk through on the
inside of the home, start with the basement.
Make sure there are no leaks or puddles in the basement. In addition, check
the walls for cracks. Also make sure the plumbing and wiring is neat and
Make sure that you confirm that the heating and cooling system work properly.
Also check to make sure that major beams are sitting properly in the foundation
sockets. On occasion I have seen center beams floating at one end of the
foundation. Either the lally columns were placed too high or the socket was
placed too low for the beam.
In the main part of the home, check
to make sure that the floors do not squeak and that all the doors and windows
open and close properly. Also check every light switch and outlet to make sure
that they work properly.
In the kitchen make sure that all of
the appliances are correctly installed and are functional. Also check all of the
cabinets and drawers to make sure they are functional.
In the bathrooms make sure the
ceiling fans are all working. Also make sure the fiberglass tub has not been
damaged in any way.
Both in the bathrooms and the kitchen
make sure ground fault interrupter circuits have been installed.
Make sure painting is complete
throughout the home and that all flooring has properly been installed. Make sure
you check for cracked tiles, or cuts in the vinyl flooring.
Finally check the smoke alarms, and
home security system. Make sure they are working properly.
If problems are uncovered, write them
down and submit a copy of the list to your general contractor. After he has
addressed the issues, go back to the home and revisit the issues you uncovered
on your first walk through.
Conducting a walk through on new home
construction, prior to closing, is essential in making sure you get what you pay
for. If you find problems after the closing it will more than likely take more
time and effort to get them corrected, even if you have a home
warrantee/guarantee. A general contractor wants his paycheck, and if he knows he
wonít get it until the problems are resolved chances are he will resolve them
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