On closing day (also known as “possession day”), usually your Calgary Realtor will do a walk-through inspection with you to ensure that everything is all right. Your Realtor should take care of making arrangements for a key and if there are any problems releasing them, he/she should have the lawyers working on it. There are many circumstances that could lead to a holdup; incomplete paperwork, documents not delivered on time or an uncertified cheque for closing costs. (A telephone call in advance to your lawyer will often head-off a moving day nightmare.) If this occurs, hopefully it can be remedied without causing too much inconvenience.
The walk-through is not intended to be as thorough as an inspection. You have bought the Calgary home for sale at this point and you are checking to ensure that it is in the same state as when you previously viewed it. Following is a brief checklist of what you should cover.
- Turn on dishwasher so it cycles while you see the rest of the house.
- Turn on stove burners – let them glow to check for cold spots in the elements.
- Turn on hot water to check if tank is heating.
- Inspect upper floor of home for problems that were not there previously.
- Go back to stove – confirm that elements are O.K. and check oven element and broiler.
- Turn furnace thermostat up to check furnace.
- Inspect basement and confirm that the furnace is working.
- Confirm that all chattels have been left as on the Offer to Purchase.
- Confirm that dishwasher has cycled and that there are no leaks.
- Turn down thermostat, turn off stove, dishwasher, etc.
- Check outside around the perimeter of the house.
- Call your lawyer to inform if home is O.K. or if there is a problem.