The purpose of the walk-through is to make sure the home is in the same condition (or better) than it was at the time of the inspection. If there were designated repairs to be made after inspection, the walk-through is the time to ensure everything has been corrected. Often times, the walk-through coincides with completion of cleaning, removal of items from property.
The walk-through in Maui usually happens 3-5 days before closing. Most experienced agents will chose 5 days because that is the minimum time that escrow needs to make changes to withhold funds if something is not completed. If it is less than 5 days, a unsatisfactory walk-through will probably delay close.
I’ve collected some great resources for assisting you in the walk-through of your new home. Take your time, check every detail.
If it is a new home, don’t let the developer take shortcuts. They will often try to make it a “New home orientation” vs a thorough check of important systems.
Things to Consider Bringing to the Walkthrough
- Your smart phone or tablet can be great to replace many of the items below!
- Camera – take photos of everything. Take photos of the model numbers on all appliances so you have them later.
- Small light or device to check electric power
- Measuring tape
- Notebook – record everything!
- Ladder or step stool
- Thermometer to check oven temp and A/C
- A friend – extra eyes are great!