How to Create a Successful Walk Through

In a real estate transaction, a walk through is the buyer’s final opportunity to investigate their new home prior to closing. Generally completed a day or two before settlement, the walk through serves two purposes:  to ensure the home is in similar condition as first seen and to check any repairs (as requested through the home inspection).

In accordance with Paragraph 12 of the Agreement, Seller shall deliver the Property at settlement, or as otherwise provided, in substantially the same condition as of the date of the Agreement, free of personal property, debris and trash.

The first step in a walk through is to check that all major systems and appliances are in working order.  A guideline of items to examine include:

  • Stove
  • Central Air
  • walk_throughHot Water Heater
  • Refrigerator
  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Electrical System
  • Dishwasher
  • Lights, Outlets
  • Smoke/Fire Detectors
  • Disposal
  • Plumbing
  • Outside Water Faucet(s)
  • Exhaust Fan
  • Heating System
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Built-in Microwave
  • Garage Door Opener/Remote

The second step in a walk through is to confirm all repairs agreed upon between buyer and seller on the ‘Property Inspection Contingency Removal Addendum’  have been completed in a workmanlike manner. These items can be assessed by the buyers themselves, or, the home inspector can be re-hired to complete a re-inspection of the necessary items.

Hampton Roads Real-e-statement is written by Alyssa Godwin, a Realtor with Liz Moore and Associates. For questions regarding buying or selling contact Alyssa at 757-329-6161 or You can also find Alyssa on Facebook or on the web at