4 Things You Must Do During The Walk-through

Dated: June 9 2022

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Buying your next place of residence can be tricky, because everyone isn’t 100% honest, except the Realtors, of course. I’m not saying that because I’m a realtor, but because there are laws and a code of ethics every realtor must follow. While we are required to follow that code, the average buyer/seller isn’t. They operate on their moral compass, and the majority have good intentions, but there are always bad apples. The few always mess it up for everyone, so you have to keep your eyes open and stay vigilant. I’ve got 4 things you must do while doing a walk-through. The walk-through process is done before giving an offer, for potential tenants; it’s done after the application is approved.

The first thing you should do is ask questions. The only things the selling party or the landlord must disclose are the defects you can’t see; so if the roof is in its last years, some studs in the walls need repairing, etc. There is no such thing as a stupid question, so ask away. Knowledge is power, and the more you know the better.

The second thing you should do is remove the appliances from their slots. Stuff like refrigerator(s), the stove, and the washer and dryer. There are 2 reasons for this, to make sure the apartment was cleaned instead of staged, also to see how often the appliances are updated. If you remove something and find a lot of dirt or dried food that has slipped between the cracks, or a huge lump of lint the size of a softball. This is a representation of how the staff and maintenance team will be when you have issues. Also, they probably haven’t changed their appliances in a while. Both are red flags, and you should save your time and keep looking.

The next thing you should do is check any and everything that needs water, the faucets, water heater, the toilet, etc. This is important because next to electricity, you use your water the most. Plumbing issues can be costly and time-consuming. So save time and money by running all the water in the home for about a minute, not at the same time, then check the water pressure, if it heats up, and for potential leaks.

The last thing you must do during your walk-through is record a video. There is no rule saying that you can record, but there isn’t a rule saying you can’t! Normally, a person shouldn’t have a problem with recording unless they have something to hide. If they’re trying to stop you from recording, you should have your answer, they’re probably trying to hide something. But recording isn’t to rat out the owner or landlord; it’s for future reference. You can check if a problem was fixed or ask an expert for an opinion on something you are unsure of.

These 4 must-do’s are very important and apply to potential tenants too. So take heed of what you just learned and put these sellers and landlords in their place!

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Leonard Moore

I was born and raised in Palm Beach County,  Florida. My family and I moved all over the place so as a child I never understood the importance of relocating. Of course that changed with time. My ....

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