If one of your major plans this year is to own a home, you need to make sure that you have made ample preparation during the purchase process. Aside from doing thorough research of the current market, you also have to inspect the property you intend to buy to find out if you still need to fix or replace some parts of the house. It is difficult to change your mind once you have signed the documents. A walk-through will help you make the right decision. It enables you to check the property if it has everything you need. Here are the final walk-through essentials you should not miss:

1. Do not perform a walk-through without a real estate agent

You need a person who has a thorough understanding of the process of buying and selling. The real estate agent should have the ability to coordinate with listing agent about contract legalities, repairs, and changes. If you have an experienced realtor, he or she will make sure that your walk-through experience will be seamless. You can speak to the real estate agent about your primary concerns and they will make the process easier for you.

2. Gather all the essential items with you

You will also need to bring the inspection report, contract, checklist, and notepad. These things are important because they will enable you to inspect the property. If you have any notes, be sure to write down all the information. Once you have taken note of the details of the property and other important information, it will be easy for you to ask questions to ensure that you are making an informed decision.

3. Find out if household items are also included in the home purchase

Before you sign the real estate contract, you need to make sure that you fully understand what you are paying for. Some sellers will include the furniture in the selling price while others will require extra charges for the furniture. Be sure to prepare a list of items that is going to stay with the home. You also have to check that the items can still be seen in the home. You can remind the real estate agent about the household belongings that are going to stay so you can prevent confusion when you move out.

4. Check if post-inspection repairs have been made

Once the house gets old, it will not be impervious to damage. General wear and tear can be expected especially if the house is owned for so many years. However, appliance problems and electrical problems will require a repair technician. If you have asked the seller to fix the problem and they have agreed, it only goes to show that the seller is willing to make a compromise. Be keen on checking the household features as there might be houses that require serious attention. You might be paying more for the repairs so beware.

5. Be sure that the plumbing systems and fixtures are in working order

Do not be attracted by the bells and whistles of the house. You also have to check the property’s basic feature which is the plumbing system. Be sure that the toilets flush and the faucets and kitchen sink are working. Do not close on the house without checking the fixture.