Final Inspection

Buying a house is an involved process. By the time you make an offer, you will have arranged at least two, and possibly more, very thorough inspections: one that you perform yourself, and the other for which you hire a professional inspector to perform. Still, you should be prepared to conduct one final inspection before you close on your Chicago luxury home. This guide will explain what you should look for during the last official walk through.

The final inspection is not really designed to uncover any major problems. In all likelihood, if a professional inspector missed something, then are likely to, as well. Still, you will want to make sure that everything is in order before you are irrevocably committed (i.e., moving day). In other words, you don’t want any surprises at the last minute.

Ideally, the previous owner or occupant of your Chicago luxury home should have moved out prior to your inspection. That way, there will be no confusion about which objects, furniture and possessions may or may not be going and which, i.e., kitchen appliances and lighting fixtures will be staying. This is one of the major issues uncovered during the final walk through: something that was expected is missing, or something that should have been moved which has been left.

Though most of the what stays and what goes will be ironed out in the agreement, you certainly want to do everything you can to avoid surprises. Plus, if the agreement entitled the new owner to take possession of some of the household staples, i.e., appliances, then you will want to ensure they have been left and are in perfect (or the condition document in the agreement) working order before your actual move-in date.

On the other hand, you also want to make sure that the previous owners haven’t forgotten to haul off some of their things to the dump. For this reason, it is particularly important to check storage spaces like the attic and | or basement.

You will also want to inspect the walls, floors, and carpets. Sometimes, you may have previously noticed a problem that you wanted fixed (for example, carpet replacement). You must make sure these adjustments have been made. You also want to make sure that the move hasn’t uncovered any problem areas of which you weren’t previously aware. For example, a problem with the floor may have been previously hidden by furniture. You will want to make sure that everything is in the condition specified in your contract. Finally, don’t forget to perform a final check on the utilities inclusive of: water pressure and temperatures, electricity, and heating | air conditioning units.

A final inspection of your Chicago luxury home will not take very long, and it can save you considerable amounts of frustration in the long run.