Before Taking The Final Walk Through After Your New Home Is Built
After the new home is completed, you're going to want to
walk through and examine the entire house to make sure that everything
is acceptable, one last time before you release your final payment to
your contractor. Here's some suggestions and I hope they help with the
The most important thing that I can tell you about your final walk-through is to spend the few hours examining the home with out your building contractor, a few days before the final walk-through is scheduled. It wouldn't be a bad idea to grab a digital camera, folding chair and a pad of paper for your pre-inspection.
Place the chair in the center of each room and spend some time examining the walls, ceilings and floors in each room. When you feel comfortable that you have examined that particular room, you can move to the next one and start the process all over again.
Take as many pictures as you need, because these pictures could be very important in the future, especially if you have any disputes with your new home builder or any of his subcontractors. This is your last chance to examine the structure and you should seriously consider examining it the best that you can.
If you had a couple of problems and weren't really comfortable with your contractor or their subcontractors, it wouldn't be a bad idea to hire a home inspector to get an outside opinion. It might cost you between 200 and $500, but this could save you a lot of frustration, especially if you don't know what you're looking at.
Create a list of possible problems and questions to ask your contractor while taking the final walk-through. If there are any problems, it's best to solve them before you pay any money or release any funds to the contractor. Once you have paid your contractor, they don't have any incentive to fix or repair any parts of the home. If you're holding the money, you're controlling the situation.