Tips for a successful new home walk-through
By: Elizabeth Porter
Whether you had Adams Homes build you a new home pre-construction or you purchased one of our completed homes, before you close and move-in you will have a walk-through.
In reading this article, I hope to give you an idea of what to expect at your pre-closing walk-through, how long it will take and what happens after the walk-through.
Before you have your walk-through in your new home, there were months of construction that took place. There were more than 100 skilled tradesmen and women that worked on your home. There were numerous inspections from the building department and tens of thousands of dollars in building materials that were used to construct your home. In addition, we had a full-time construction supervisor overseeing the building process and Adams Homes’ managers inspected your new home weekly to ensure quality standards were achieved. Not only do we have minimum standards that the local governing officials required, but we also have quality standards that had to be strictly adhered to by our third-party warranty company and our Adams Homes company policies.
Now that you know what it took to build your home, here’s what you can expect as you are introduced to it. Think of the walk-through as your orientation. The purposes of the walk-through are to teach you how to work the equipment in your home, talk to you about ways to maintain your home so it stays like-new as long as possible and thoroughly inspect the home to ensure you are completely satisfied.
Welcome to your new home
Once on-site, you’ll learn about the warranties that are included with your new home, who to call if you have questions and you’ll walk through each room with our superintendent and along the exterior.
On the inside of the home we’ll demonstrate how to work things like your thermostat, doors, windows, appliances, electrical fixtures, showers, tubs and sinks. If you have things like a garbage disposal, security system or fireplace, we’ll teach you about those too. On the outside, our superintendent will show you your property boundaries, talk to you about homeowner maintenance and how to work any equipment located in your garage.
Once you feel comfortable with how to work all of the mechanics of your home, we’ll guide you through, room by room and make sure the quality meets your expectation.
Lots of information is conveyed at the walk-through. There is an excitement from the emotions knowing you will be not only headed to closing soon but actually moving in. Don’t worry, we’ll give you copies of all the paperwork you’ll need in case you forget things we discuss. You’ll get a year-round homeowner maintenance guide to follow and you’ll also have a full-time warranty team, should you need.
What to look for at the walk-through
As our superintendent guides you room by room you will want to look for cosmetic imperfections. Although we closely look at each room before you do, sometimes you may find drywall or paint scuffs that need touch-up before you close. You’ll also want to make sure doors close smoothly and windows operate easily. While your warranty coverage will ensure we’ll take care of you should you find an outlet that doesn’t work or a defect, items like paint scuffs, tears in vinyl, stains in carpet and/or caulking issues will be considered homeowner maintenance items once you close on your home.
How long does a walk-through take?
You can expect to spend between an hour and a half to two hours at your walk-through.
What happens next?
For many of our customers, they attend their walk-through and don’t find any items that need attention. We’ll complete final inspections and get ready for closing. On occasion, customers may find some minor touch-up items we can take care of before you close. Any items that need addressed will be coordinated by our superintendent and will be written down and noted in your file. Those items will be repaired and we’ll schedule a second walk-through to inspect those items for completeness before closing.
If nothing is found at the walk-through, our Closing Coordinator will get you final closing details and off to closing you go.
Ready, set, close
Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new home with Adams Homes. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and hope you will enjoy your new home for years to come.
Although I am an employee now, I too started as a homeowner with Adams Homes back in 2001. I have had several new homes built by the company since then and hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have. If you have any questions, contact me anytime.
About Adams Homes
Founded in 1991 by Wayne Adams, Adams Homes started serving homebuyers in Pensacola, Florida. Throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Adams Homes grew its business into markets throughout Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. Since 2005, Adams Homes has expanded into markets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee with corporate headquarters located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
As one of the largest privately-held new home builders, Adams Homes has built more than 35,000 new homes since its inception in 1991. Adams Homes caters to first-time buyers, move-up buyers and empty nesters in more than 100 communities throughout the southeast. With a portfolio of home designs featuring both concrete block/stucco exteriors as well as all brick homes, Adams Homes has a selection available for nearly every budget.
Adams Homes believes that a home builder should offer customers a purchase process that is easy to understand and a home that fits their needs. Adams Homes believes that value and satisfaction is delivered by offering a home with features that homebuyers want.