As a homebuilder who has had the privilege of building complex, high-end homes in Fairfield County, I work with sophisticated clients that typically have an eye for detail and process. As a result, we have systems in place that keep them educated and informed as we move through the homebuilding process. When it comes time for the final walkthrough, we encourage a thorough review of the property. If you’re building a custom home, or undergoing an extensive renovation or addition project, the following checklist will help guide the final walkthrough to ensure that you feel comfortable as the project is wrapped up.
- Take a close look at the hardwood flooring to ensure that the finish has been applied properly. The color should match your specifications, and the coverage should be uniform.
- Test your oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer to see if they are running properly. Just make sure there is nothing in them before you turn them on.
- Check that the plumbing fixtures are functioning properly by flushing the toilets and running the hot and cold water.
- Test the HVAC by turning on the heat and A/C to ensure that they fire up and operate effectively.
- Test the lights, garage door openers, intercom system, and/or any electronic controls.
- Take a close look at finishes to spot any nicks, cracks, or scratches on wood floors, countertops, appliances, etc. Seams in the granite should be done properly.
- Inspect the paint in all rooms, including closets and stairwells, for satisfactory coverage and detail.
- The drywall should not have any defects such as dimples and exposed drywall tape seams.
- Proper drainage is one of the most critical components of avoiding water issues. Good drainage starts with proper excavation of the land around the perimeter of the home. Take a good look at the gradation of the property to ensure that it slopes away from the foundation.
- Check that all screens are installed on windows and appropriate doors.
- Inspect the trim work; seams should be tight and properly sealed.
- A good paint job will always include one coat of primer and two finish coats. Check that the coverage is not transparent and that the paint strokes are even and smooth.
- Landscaping should be designed and installed following a specific contracted plan. Make sure that all the plantings are in the right position and that the appropriate plantings have been installed. Plants should be placed 2-3 feet away from the house.
Behind the Scenes
- Check the attic to ensure that insulation has been installed and to see if there are any obvious defects with the ductwork.
- Check the basement to see if there are any moisture issues and/or cracking in the foundation. Concrete foundations will naturally crack a bit; however, large, deep cracks would be something to look into further.
Taking these detailed measures during the final walkthrough should provide you with peace of mind as you prepare to move into your new home. If things come up, your builder’s warranty will have you covered.
Kelly M. Wright
Wright Building Company