Final walk-through before closing: Here's why its a good idea for buyers

Congratulations! You have bought a new home! After the emotional high of having your offer accepted, and the whirlwind of setting up and attending the home inspection, getting your financing secured and finding a lawyer, the last thing you’ll be thinking of is what colour paint would look best in the bathroom! That’s normal. It’s also why having the opportunity to view your new home one or more times prior to closing is such a great idea.

 The opportunity to view the home one (or more) additional times before closing day is a term that should be included in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) at the time the offer is made for the benefit of the buyers.

The opportunity to view the home one (or more) additional times before closing day is a term that should be included in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) at the time the offer is made for the benefit of the buyers.

Most closings are at least 30+ days after the inspection occurs, and details about your new home can become foggy in that time. Not to mention, the inspection is focused on things that could be wrong with the house, leaving you thinking about how to get those issues resolved – hardly the head space to be contemplating new appliances and selecting paint colours! A final walk-through is a time to reflect and review your new home without distraction. Here’s how to get the most out of it:

Measure & take photos: Now is the time to look at the space, imagine your furniture, and take photos and measurements for new purchases. Record ceiling height for ordering new drapes, window size for other window coverings, make note of the paint colours and light fixtures that are being left behind. If ordering new appliances is in the plan, make sure to take accurate measurements of the spaces. You would be surprised how many options there are for refrigerators – measure the opening for height, depth and width. Take measurements for furniture too – especially if you will be moving large pieces down a basement stairwell or other tight spaces.

Paint selection: It’s always best to select paint colours in the actual rooms and spaces they will be used in, and more importantly, that they will be lived in! Never trust store lighting (yuck) and paint chips to choose your new paint. Colours change dramatically with light conditions (natural and artificial), and when placed next to other colours/tones like flooring or cabinets. I have personally spent the entire hour of a walk-through helping people choose their new paint colours! It was fun for me, but is also super smart to do in to avoid costly mistakes.

Check for anything that has changed: As the saying goes, Sh*t happens! Since the inspection, the house (usually) has continued to be lived in which means things can break or become damaged. Use this time to go through and check to make sure everything looks OK. Check for obvious damage to walls (easy to dent when moving and packing), make sure vent covers are intact, screens don’t have new holes or damage, blinds are functional if they are being left behind.  Check the carpets for new, noticeable stains, and wood floors for dents and scratches etc.

Please note! I’m not talking about simple wear and tear – I’m talking about very obvious damage. Gaping holes in drywall, very obvious stains and damage of floors, broken doors, windows, etc.. With your agent, document everything and take photos to send to your lawyer so they can decide with the seller's lawyer what can be done. 

This is a great opportunity to visit your new home that you have no doubt been dreaming about since inspection day! Make the most of it and use the time wisely to prepare for your move, and most importantly, save yourself time, money and frustration by knowing exactly what you can expect on closing day.