Final walk through on new construction home: What to expect and look for

In this video we look at final walk through before closing, what you should know, what to expect. That’s starting right now. Welcome to Homebuyer’s School, brought to you by Brookfield Residential. – Hi everyone I’m Karl Yeh, welcome to another Homebuyer’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 I’m joined by Kristy Seibert, Area Manager with Brookfield Residential and the question we’re gonna answer today is, what should I know during the walk through, before closing? – Absolutely. So that’s a great walk through to come prepared with all the information that you need about you know, maintaining your home. So if you are a very first-time homebuyer and you know, you’ve never had to take care of home before on your own, then that’s a great time to ask those questions about how to maintain your home, what to take care of, when certain items need maintenance, what to best season is for that—so to ask all those questions.

– What should I expect during this walk through? – So it’s a longer walk through, so your home is completely finished and we want to make sure that it’s thorough. So it can take two or three hours even just because you want to make sure that you’re going through your home from top to bottom, checking off that list that your builder will provide with any you know, defects, that need to be taken care of, things to look for and what needs to be you know analyzed and looked at to make sure that your home is ready for possession.

– 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 walk through we actually need to know—especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer—how your home actually works. – 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.

– And what should I—is there anything that I should really look for while we’re going through the home that—or really stand out that that I should really know about? – I think it’s important to just kind of test your home. Open and close every door, make sure that they close smoothly and you know, 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. So the Alberta New Home Warranty actually has a workmanship and materials reference guide available on their website, and so the the builder actually has to follow their guidelines of how to 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 that you’re aware of it and that you can ensure that you’re getting the most most of out this inspection.

– And we do have a video on the Alberta New Home Warranty, so definitely check it out. I guess the last question I have is, 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 and you wanna do another walk through, is there an opportunity to do a second walk through? – So with the walk through we recommend it’s only purchasers on the agreement, so the home owners of the home.

You shouldn’t bring your kids to the walk through, it can be distracting and just to ensure that everything gets taken care of, is looked at properly—just try and keep them at home. And then really, you’ll get another walk through after you take possession of your home, so it’s good to have eyes on—during the walk through and you know, have some people looking at it but you don’t want too many people, it just becomes distracting, and 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. – So let’s say during your walk through you found some imperfections or things that your builder needs to clean up, after that happens, do you come and do another round of walk throughs? If that how it works? – Yeah, so when you take possession of your home, you’ll do another walk through with the construction team and anything that was marked down as a defect or something that needed to be fixed up during your previous walk through 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 walk throughs, so be reasonable, it’s something that we will take care of, and it can be done you know, within a week or two after you take possession of your home. So remember, you do have that one 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 walk throughs through that first year— – Oh so you can continue getting walk throughs— – Yes, so the service team will set up an appointment with you a few months after you take possession of your home.

So any little things that need to be adjusted right as your home settles you might get some nail pops or something like that, those can all be corrected and taken care of throughout that first year. – Perfect. Do you have anything else to add? – Nope, think that covers everything. – Awesome. So question of the day for you is, did you actually go through your final walk through, and how was your experience? Let us know in the comment below. Thank you very much for joining us and we’ll catch you next time. That’s another edition of Homebuyer’s School. Tune in next time for more expert tips and tricks, and visit homebuyersschool.ca to bring you one step closer to finding your dream home.

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