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Walk-through inspection checklist

Many buyers choose to perform a walk-through or pre-settlement inspection prior to the settlement date to review the property’s condition. A systematic review of the building’s components prior to settlement or as soon thereafter as possible will help you develop a baseline of the building’s condition and will provide a status report on any agreed upon repairs or modifications.

General N/A Yes No Other
Any major changes to the property?        
Agreed upon modifications or repairs completed?        
Receipts/warranties/guarantees provided by repair contractors?        
Pest control clearance provided?        

Roofing N/A Yes No Other
Indications of roof leakage?        
Gutters and downspouts secure?        
Signs of roof surface, flashings, vent or chimney damage?        

Exterior N/A Yes No Other
New cracks, paint peeling or other visible defects?        
Trip hazards, cracking in the walkways, driveway or steps?        
Plants growing on the building?        
Stairway, deck, porch and other railings secure and proper?        
New cracks or indications of retaining wall failure?        
Signs of inadequate surface drainage?        
Openings into the building at trim, flashings, chimneys, etc.?        
Signs of soil movement in areas around building?        

Subfloor Area/Basement N/A Yes No Other
Accessible areas dry?        
Indications of new water entry?        
Sump pump operational?        
Indications of new foundation cracking or movement?        
Musty odors or signs of mold or mildew?        

Interior N/A Yes No Other
Stains, cracks or damage to interior walls, ceilings or floors        
Cracked or broken windows?        
Windows and window latches operate properly?        
Doors and door latches operate properly        
New stains or leaks at kitchen, bathroom or laundry sinks?        
Interior staircases have safe, secure handrails?        
Smoke alarms in hallways, on each floor, in each bedroom?        

Kitchen & Bathrooms N/A Yes No Other
Appliances functional?        
Cabinets, countertops, sinks or floors damaged?