Why you should do a pre-settlement inspection

By Katrina Arkley | 3 Minute Read

Final inspections are not the same as home inspections - this is not the time for negotiations with the seller to do repairs. The purpose of a final inspection is to make sure the property you are purchasing is in the condition in which you agreed to buy it. It is time to make sure any agreed-on repairs were made and that no issues have arisen with the home since you last looked at it. Because buyers are often in a time crunch as the settlement approaches, many are tempted to pass on the final walkthrough - but it is highly recommended that you do not skip it as once your sale has settled, there isn’t much you can do.


Vacant home concerns are one of the biggest reasons to do a final inspection. Sometimes sellers move out of their homes quite some time before settlement. It's even more imperative that you conduct a final walkthrough if the seller has already vacated the home. Issues tend to pop up when homes sit vacant for any period. For example, a dripping tap that has been plugged can turn into a flooded bathroom if the plug wasn’t uncovered.


Also remember that in some cases owners are moving to their new home on the same day as settlement so it may not always be a situation where the property is vacant. There will be boxes, cleaning to still be done and potential stress on all parties.

There are no guarantees for carpets to be steam cleaned or a professional clean be done prior to the owner leaving unless it is stipulated in the contract of sale.

What to check during your final inspection

Your final walkthrough is to check for any unresolved issues with the home. To ensure that is the case, follow these steps:

  • Turn on and off every light fixture.
  • Run water and check for leaks under sinks.
  • Test all appliances.
  • Check garage door openers.
  • Open and close all doors.
  • Flush toilets.
  • Inspect ceilings, walls, and floors.
  • Run the exhaust fans.
  • Test the heating and air conditioning.
  • Make sure all debris is removed from the home.
  • Council rubbish bins are left at the property.


DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not legal or professional advice and therefore is intended as a guide only.

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October 2022

Words by Katrina Arkley

Katrina Arkley
Real Estate Agent

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