Over the course of building a new home, your property will be subject to many formal inspections to verify that it has been built in line with both national and regional building codes. While these examinations determine whether your property has been built to certain quality and efficiency standards, they don’t necessarily ensure the home has been built to your personal level of satisfaction.
The walk-through inspection is your final opportunity to identify any items of concern.
This is where the walk-through comes in. After your home has been completed – but before you move in – you have the opportunity to give the building one final inspection and identify any faults, issues or areas of the home that don’t meet your expectations. Follow these four tips for a great walk-through:
1. There’s no rush
Understandably, you’re probably feeling excited and can’t wait to move into your dream home. However, that doesn’t mean that you should rush the walk-through. Take your time, and look over both the interior and exterior carefully, making sure the work is in line with the home design and has been completed to a high level of quality.
2. The power of the pen
Don’t rely on yourself (or your home builder) to remember any items of concern you may identify during your walk-through. Take a pen and paper, and write down anything you find that requires attention to ensure you don’t forget anything. You can present a copy of this record to your builder at the end of the inspection.
3. A picture says a thousand words
In addition to your pen, be sure to take a camera with you (or have your smartphone charged and ready). In the unlikely scenario you find a fault in your new home, you can take a photograph of the item in question as visual proof to supplement your written record.
4. Don’t ignore the details
When it comes to walk-through inspections, it’s important to see both the forest and trees. That means you have to take into consideration not only the overarching design of the home, but also the tiny details. Your property examination might include looking at the quality of materials used and the strength of the fencing, right down to testing light fixtures and seeing how smoothly the doors open.
You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your new property, and by following these tips you’ll make sure it really is the home of your dreams.