Knox Inspection Services, Inc.
1410 South Terrace
[1 block west
of 15th and Lewis]
Toll Free: 800.875.5474
Pre-closing Home buyer's Checklist
By: John F. Knox
Prior to closing
the sales transaction, (ideally on the day of settlement and prior to
occupancy), the home buyer should return to the property and conduct
a Pre-closing Inspection. Check to determine if the property and
all of the systems are in the same condition, (or repaired satisfactorily),
as when you last visited the property. Use the Inspection Report
and this general checklist . Plan for about one hour to make this
Inspection. Knox Inspection Services Inc. provides a free follow-up
Inspection to assist you with this "Checklist". Please refer to the
Policy page for additional information.
Are the items to be left by seller present?
Do the lights come on at each switch?
Is there visible damage with the furniture
Are all of the light fixtures and ceiling
If some repairs are not obvious, do you
have work receipts?
Do the smoke detectors test functional?
Do the GFCI breakers test open/close properly?
EXTERIOR AND STRUCTURE
Are there new larger cracks, or separations?
Have the repairs and painting been finished?
Are wooden decks and hand rails secure?
Are the appliance accessories present?
Do the appliances still operate satisfactorily?
Are the instructions/warranties left for
Do the cabinets, countertops, or floors
BASEMENT, CRAWL SPACE, AIR
Are the lowest portions dry?
Does the sump pump (if any) operate?
Are crawl space vents open for good ventilation?
HEATING AND COOLING*
Do the systems function when you operate
Are the air filters clean?
Any extra filters left?
Is there debris clogging the exterior air
* Do not operate air conditioner
if ambient temperature is below 60º F, or heat pump on the heat mode
temperature is above 60º
F . This is a manufacturers’ recommendation to prevent damage.
LOT AND GROUNDS
Any changes to the driveway, patio, or sidewalks?
Are the fences tight, and do the gates operate?
Reset the automatic sprinkler to minimum
Do you see problems now that the stored
items are gone?
Does anything seem loose or disconnected?
Is the ladder secure for you to carry items
up to the attic?
Is there insulation blocking vents or over
Do the vehicle doors work smoothly and reverse?
Do you have the car door remote controls?
Do you see any damage with the personal
INTERIOR WALLS, CEILINGS,
Do you see problems now that the furniture
Are the carpets stained in closets near
the shower areas?
Are there broken or “fogged” windows or
Check all hand rails to be sure they are
Has the re-grading (if any), been accomplished?
Are the gutters aligned and cleaned of debris?
Do the downspouts direct water positively
SURFACE WATER CONTROL
Do the faucets and drains function satisfactorily?
Is there hot water at each appropriate location?
Do the toilets flush and cycle normally?
Check beneath each cabinet for leaks or
Are there missing shingles since the last
Have the roof repairs (if any), been performed?
Is the attic ventilation open and working
Are the bushes and trees trimmed back and
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