It’s almost settlement time, you’re excited to finally live in your new home, but before you sign the dotted line… its final inspection time.
What is the purpose of the final inspection?
If you’re wondering what final inspection is, it is essentially a pre-settlement inspection where buyers are able to inspect the property to check that the seller has complied with their obligations under the contract.
Once receiving an unconditional approval from the bank, buyers can then set up a pre-settlement inspection with the seller or real estate agent.
This gives you one last chance to inspect the home to ensure the home you’re receiving is the same home you signed for when you made an offer. It allows you to check if any special conditions have been met, that all the rubbish has been removed, and that the house has been cleaned and maintained.
Does the home look and function the same way it did when you made an offer?
When you purchase a home in WA, generally, you’ll be entitled to a final inspection of the property prior to settlement, however it is not compulsory.
Final Inspection Checklist:
- Switch on all the lights
- Check every tap, flush all toilets, fill the bath and drain it
- Check for leaks on all tapware (don’t forget outside)
- Check the hot water system is working
- Switch on the stove, cooktop and oven
- Check gas meter
- Check telephone line
- Check all door handles, do they open and close
- Switch on exhaust fans
- Check dishwasher works
- Test air conditioner
- Heating unit
- Evaporative cooler
- Pool pump (if applicable)
- Spa (if applicable)
- Open and close the garage door to make sure there are no strange noises
- Make sure that your garage door remotes are functioning
- Smoke detectors
- Door locks
- Window locks
- Open and close windows
- Check all power ports work (bring a phone charger and test each port)
- If any furniture and appliances are included (check they work and are present)
- Plugs for sinks and basins
- Laundry tub
- Washing machine taps
- Request copies of appliance manuals including the garage door and garage opener ones.
- Open and close all cupboards, make sure there are no strange odours
When should you do the final inspection?
A pre-settlement inspection should be completed as close to the settlement date as possible. Ideally, you want it to be 3 – 5 days prior to settlement. Final inspections can become quite challenging during public holidays and long weekends including Easter and Christmas.
Who can go to final inspection?
The buyer can be accompanied by 2 other people. You may choose to bring mum or dad but we recommend bringing along an inspection officer for some professional advice.
What happens if I discover a problem at the final inspection?
Should you discover that something needs to be repaired, replaced or otherwise attended to, inform your real estate agent and your settlement agent so that they can liaise with the seller.
Can I delay settlement until the seller fixes the problem?
Unfortunately, issues raised at final inspection do not entitle you to delay your settlement. That means, if the seller is not willing or able to repair the problem before settlement, you will still have to go ahead and settle, and seek compensation following settlement.