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What should I look for in a final walk through of a new home?

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November 26, 2018 - Karl Yeh

So your new home is finally built and you're close to taking possession. What do you need to know when doing the final walkthrough? In this episode, we discuss what to look for and expect during the final walkthrough with your home builder. What happens if you find any defects or imperfections? And can you ask for more than one walkthrough?

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Karl Yeh:

Hi everyone. I'm Karl Yeh. Welcome to another Home Buyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics and tips from home buying experts. And remember, if this is your first time on this channel, and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below, hit the little notification bell so you don't miss anything.

So, today, [00:00:30] I'm joined by Kristy Seibert, Area Manager with Brookfield Residential. And the question we're going to answer today is:

What should I know during the walkthrough before closing?

Kristy Seibert:              

Absolutely, so, that's a great walk through to come prepared with all the information that you need about maintaining your home.

So if you are a first time home buyer, and you've never had to take care of a home before on your own, then that's a great time to ask those questions about to maintain your [00:01:00] home, what to take care of.           

When certain items need maintenance, what the best season is for that. So to ask all those questions.

Karl Yeh:                      

What should I expect during this walkthrough?

Kristy Seibert:               So, it's a longer walkthrough.

Karl Yeh:                       Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Kristy Seibert:              

So, your home is completely finished and we want to make sure that it's thorough.

So, it can take about two or three hours even.

Karl Yeh:                       Oh really? Okay.

Kristy Seibert:              

Just because you want to make sure that you're going through your home from top to bottom, [00:01:30] checking off that list that your builder will provide with any defects that need to be taken care of, things to look out for and what needs to be analyze and looked at to make sure that your home is ready for possession.

Karl Yeh:                      

I think, one good point that you made earlier in our video about home inspection tips, that you can see above,


is when we go through our walkthrough, we actually need to actually know ... Especially if we're first time home buyers, [00:02:00] how your home actually works.

Kristy Seibert:              

Yes. Yeah, so, knowing how it operates, how to change your furnace filter. When to do that. How often to do it, things like that, just so that you are taking care of your home and that you're not voiding any warranty that's included.


What should I look for during the final walkthrough?

Karl Yeh:                       Mm-hmm (affirmative).

And what should I ... Is there anything that I should really look for while we're going through the home that are really standout that I should really know about?

Kristy Seibert:              

I think it's important to just kind of test your [00:02:30] home.

Open and close every door, make sure that they close smoothly and they're not rubbing anywhere. Open and close every cabinet door and drawer. Just to make sure everything works in your home and then another great thing to do is, do your research ahead of time.

Karl Yeh:                       Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Kristy Seibert:              

So, the Alberta New Home Warranty actually has a workmanship and materials reference guide available on their website.

Karl Yeh:                       Yeah.

Kristy Seibert:              

So, the builder actually has to follow their guidelines of how to [00:03:00] properly inspect the home, you know, how far away from the wall you have to be, to see an imperfection in the paint. So information like that, where the builder has to follow their guidelines.

So, it's important if you know ahead of time what those guidelines are so that you're aware of it and that you can ensure that you're getting the most out of this inspection.

Karl Yeh:                      

We do have a video on the Alberta New Home Warranty, [00:03:30] so definitely check it out.

I guess the last question I have it, when we're going through the home inspection and you have ... You're going through it I guess with your construction team, is there any way to bring back that say, you have a family you want to do another walk through.

Is there an opportunity to do a second walkthrough?

Kristy Seibert:              

So, with the walkthrough, we recommend that it's only purchasers on the purchase agreement.

Karl Yeh:                       Okay.

Kristy Seibert:              

So, the homeowners of the home. [00:04:00] You shouldn't bring your kids to the walkthrough.

It can be distracting and just to ensure that everything gets taken care of and is looked at properly. Just try to keep them at home. Then, really you'll get another walkthrough after you take possession of your home.

Karl Yeh:                       Oh, okay.

Kristy Seibert:              

So, it's good to have eyes during the walkthrough and have some people looking at it, but you don't want too many people.

It just becomes distracting and [00:04:30] you know, it's your time to learn about your home. So you want to be as focused as possible and get as much information as you can from your construction team member.

Karl Yeh:                      

So let's say during your walkthrough, you found some imperfections or things that your builder needs to clean up.

After that happens, do you come and do another round of walkthroughs? Is that how it works?

Kristy Seibert:              


So, when you take possession of your home, you'll do another walkthrough with the construction team and anything that was marked down [00:05:00] as a defect or something that needed to be fixed up during your previous walkthrough, should be taken care of by that time.

Sometimes if it's something that needs to be ordered from the supplier, that might take a little bit longer than the one to two weeks in between those two walkthroughs.

Karl Yeh:                       Yeah.

Kristy Seibert:               So, be reasonable.

Karl Yeh:                       Okay.

Kristy Seibert:              

It's something that we will take care of and it can be done within a week or two after you take possession of your home. So, remember you do have that one [00:05:30] year, full comprehensive warranty.

With your builder and the warranty provider in that first year. So, you're going to be protected and covered and you also get walkthroughs through that first year.

Karl Yeh:                       Oh, so you can continue getting walkthroughs right ...

Kristy Seibert:               Yeah, so the service team will set up an appointment with you.

Karl Yeh:                       Okay.

Kristy Seibert:              

A few months after you take possession of your home.

So any little things that need to be adjusted, right, like as your home settled you might get [00:06:00] some nail pops or something like that. Those can all be corrected and taken care of throughout that first year.

Karl Yeh:                       Perfect. Do you have anything else to add?

Kristy Seibert:               No, I think that covers everything.

Karl Yeh:                       Awesome. So question of the day for you is:

Did you actually go through your final walkthrough and how was your experience?

Let us know in the comment section below. Thank you very much for joining us, and we'll catch you next time.


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About Kristy Seibert:

Kristy graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Sociology and Human Geography & Urban Planning. After building a new home of her own, she learned more about the process of buying and selling homes and wanted to explore career options in the housing industry. Kristy has been working with Brookfield Residential for 4 years and has sold homes in five different Brookfield communities. She has experience with Single Family, Duplex and Multi-Family homes and enjoys building relationships with her homeowners and guiding them through every stage of their homebuying journey!

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