You’ve negotiated a sale and signed the contract, your finances are in order, a settlement date has been set and you’ve started packing boxes and almost ready to move into your new home.
You are almost the owner of a brand new home, but hang on! Have you done your final inspection yet?
The final inspection is the last step (should everything else be running smoothly) prior to settling and being able to move in. This generally happens 7-10 days prior to your settlement date to allow for any repairs, work or maintenance done and requires you to be present to have one last run through of the property to see if everything is in working order and as the same as upon first viewing it and placing your offer.
It also gives you another peek at your home and to show any partners or kids that may have missed out on viewing it at an earlier date. (And secretly plan and map out in your head where your couch is going to go).
The final inspection consists of walking through the entire property and checking to make sure everything is in working order, including the retic, pool, spa and any other features that were included in the contract.
Here is a list to get you started.
- Check all the Light switches work
- Test all power points (Use a power point tester or hair dryer)
- Check all inbuilt appliances are functioning
- Oven / Hot plates
- Air conditioners
- Exhaust Fans
- Pool Filters
- Ensure the hot water system is functioning (is the water from the tap hot?)
- Turn on 2 or 3 internal taps and ensure sufficient pressure is maintained
- Partially fill sinks and laundry trough and then remove plug to check for drainage (if not pipes or drains may be blocked)
- Check operation or bore pump (if applicable)
- Check operation or reticulation system and sprinkler heads
- Request copies of instruction manuals for stove, dishwasher and security system
Basically make sure everything is in working order and feel free to let the agent know if your unhappy about something you think should be before settlement and it’s too late.
I have had my fair share of final inspection stories, horror and funny but I can not stress enough to you to make sure that the final inspection is something that you do not miss!