Checklist for buyers
Here's a list of things to be aware of during the final walk-through of the property:Get all operational manuals, records of sale, warranties and repair receipts for all the appliances and systems and keep them in a file. Check the exterior, paying particular attention to the roof, especially if there has been a storm since the home inspection. If there is a sprinkler system, run it. Check all interior rooms, looking for moving damage if homeowners moved out between the inspection and the closing. Operate all windows and doors. Check ceilings for water stains. Check countertops and interiors of all drawers, cabinets and closets. Check any area that might have been inaccessible during the inspection because of personal storage, furniture, etc. Check alarms, intercoms and other cosmetic items typically not covered in a home inspection Operate all systems, appliances and garage door opener. Check lights (bring a couple of bulbs with you). Run all faucets and toilets; fill tubs and sinks, checking for leaks;
Check basement, looking for stains and leaks at walls, floors and under and near plumbing. Check for signs of pests. Check inside the attic (if possible). Verify that seller has properly completed any promised repairs. Verify that seller has notified you of any change in condition of property since the inspection.
Sources for these stories include: Coldwellbanker.com, Moving.com, Federal Citizen Information Center Home Page, Realtor.com, Homestore.com, homebuilder.com, forsalebyowner.com, San Diego Association of Realtors, Monstermoving.com, Interest.com, Century21.com and Amsouth.com.