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Cal Grevemberg & Associates, Inc.
(337) 364 9208
501 Julia St.
New Iberia, LA 70560
FINAL WALK THROUGH CHECKLIST
The main purpose of a General Home Inspection is to discover MAJOR VISIBLE DEFECTS on the DATE OF THE INSPECTION. Some deficiencies may not have been apparent due to personal items, floor coverings, furnishings, foliage, etc. Also, damage often occurs when sellers move. The Final Walk Through is YOUR opportunity to discover any last minute issues before closing. If you find something that appears to be a MAJOR DEFICIENCY, CALL YOUR HOME INSPECTOR. A return visit may be necessary.
Take a walk around the house. During the General Home Inspection, some deficiencies may be hidden by seller's belongings and/or foliage. Look for rot, peeling paint, damaged siding, cracks in brick veneer, etc. These issues may have already been noted in the Inspection Report, but it's a good idea to take another look. Remember that ALL houses require a certain amount of maintenance. Peeling paint,minor rot and cracked brick veneer are NOT considered MAJOR deficiencies in Louisiana. They are considered deferred maintenance. Paint, caulk, and elbow grease will remedy these issues in short order. Our climate is wet, and that's why we have crawfish! Don't forget to ask the neighbors about any drainage problems that may exist (flooding)! If there are, you may want to check property elevations. Finally, check the weep holes in the brick. Make sure they are not plugged with mulch or soil. Some homeowners insert steel wool into the weep holes to discourage pests. Remove it.
Some attics are not easily accessed. However, if there is a drop stair or a closet opening, it's a good idea to take a look. This gives you a chance to evaluate storage space. Look for any apparent problems which may have been hidden by seller's belongings during the General Home Inspection. If you discover a major deficiency, or something appears out of order, call your Home Inspector. Most attics have no flooring, and walking between floor joists can be very dangerous. Also, drop stairs are usually substandard. Exercise caution when climbing the drop stair.
Walk through the house and turn on ALL the lights and ceiling fans. Check for spent bulbs and wobbling fans. Check ALL switches and electrical outlets. Make sure cover plates are in place. Some may have been damaged during the move, or were concealed by furnishings.
If the dwelling has two prong outlets, consider grounding those outlets that will service electronic equipment. ALL outlets near water or on the exterior walls should be grounded and/or upgraded to GFCI's. (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
If the Water Heater is electric, make sure it's on.
If the circuit breaker box is not labeled, this is a great opportunity to do so.
HEATING / AIR CONDITIONING
With the house empty, the A/C system is cooling a larger volume of air. Don't be surprised if the house feels hotter than it did when furnished. This is typical. People are coming and going, doors are open, etc. However, if the system doesn't appear to be doing the job, it may be prudent to have it serviced before you close.
Your best insurance against A/C failure is a Maintenance Contract with a qualified A/C contractor. Note: The A/C will always fail on the hottest day of the summer, during a long weekend, when you have a house full of company.
If it's winter time, activate the furnace and check that warm air is exiting the supply registers in the ceiling.
Check that the A/C thermostat wasn't damaged during the seller's move.
Test the sink fixtures and sprayer. Look below the sink for mold, stains, or moisture damage . During the General Inspection there are usually a zillion cleaning products, sponges, trays, etc. below the sink. Your Inspector may not have seen stains or moisture damage. If mold is present, clean the area with detergent and/or fungicide. (Tilex)
Run the dishwasher through a complete cycle during the walk through. Also try the stove top burners and oven.
Built-in microwave ovens are not usually tested during the General Home Inspection. Fill a cup with water and operate the Microwave oven for one minute.
Look inside ALL the cabinets and pantries. Dishes and other belongings may have concealed damage when the house was occupied. (Mold)
Check the laundry for moisture damage and mold. During the General Inspection the floor and wall were partially concealed by the washer and dryer, and not easily viewed by the Home Inspector. If appliances are in place, run them through a complete cycle. You may wish to pull the washier and dryer away from the wall and rescue all the socks that have fallen on the floor. If you find lots of money&.give it to me. It fell out of my pocket during the Home Inspection.
Test all the fixtures at lavatories, bathtubs, and showers. Check all the popup drains. Rarely do all popups work. Fill lavatories and check that they drain. During the move, sellers often allow debris to accumulate in the lavatory. It ends up in the drain trap.
Fill the bathtubs and check that the overflows are not leaking. Overflows are not tested during the General Home Inspection. This test is especially important for bathtubs upstairs, since ceilings may be moisture-damaged if overflows fail. If there is a whirlpool tub, fill and test it.
Look inside ALL vanities for mold or moisture damage. Damage may have been concealed by the seller's belongings.
Operate ceiling ventilator/heater units.
Check floor tiles for cracks. Cracks in tiles are not usually considered a major issue. Nevertheless, seller's furnishings often conceal cracks. Also look for uneven areas in wood floors, such as buckling or depressions. These deficiencies may be concealed by throw rugs or furnishings. Cosmetic deficiencies, such as stains, are very difficult to fix. Especially stains caused by pets.
Look for cracks in walls that may have been concealed by furnishings, drapes, or pictures. Common cracks are not considered a major issue.
Check double pane windows for condensation. This problem is difficult to see when there are drapes and blinds. Also look for broken glass which may not have been apparent during the General Home Inspection. This is an excellent opportunity to lubricate all the window slides and latches. Peeling paint around window frames and mullions may signal a lead paint hazard in older homes.
Open and close ALL the doors. Most doors are operated during the General Home Inspection. However, sellers often remove doors to make furniture removal easier. Also doors get bumped by movers. Doors that do not latch are not considered a major problem and generally require an adjustment to the hinges and/or latch assembly. Pocket doors rarely work properly. Clean, adjust, and lubricate tracks and hardware.
If there is an upstairs, be sure and check the handrail in the stairway. Furniture movers often bump the handrail causing the hardware to become loose. Sometime they remove and replace the handrail. Make sure it's secure.
Check ALL smoke detectors and the security system for proper operation. Install additional smoke detectors if appropriate. Inexpensive battery units work very well. One in each bedroom, hall, dining, and laundry.
NOTE: Microbial growth (mold) is outside the scope of a General Home Inspection. Mold can grow in a very short time (48 hrs.). When a house is closed up, and central air conditioning is not in use, high humidity may encourage mold growth. Pay special attention to any discoloration on surfaces that may signal microbial growth, especially near water. (baths, laundry, kitchen, etc.)
Your Home Inspector does his best to note ALL deficiencies. However, emphasis is put on Major Deficiencies. The definition of major and minor deficiencies is often a matter of perspective. If you have questions, please call. We'll go over your concerns and resolve any issues that may linger. Enjoy your new home.
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