Our walk-through day has arrived and I met my husband and our builder at our house straight from work. The entire interior had been cleaned and it was the first time we really saw our floors the way they were intended to be seen. They looked gorgeous!
First, we talked to our builder before going from room to room. He presented us with a binder filled with information about the area where we built our home, appliance information, and warranty cards to fill out. Our builder extends a 1-year warranty for the entire home if anything would need to be taken care of, or fixed. The builder has his own portal online where issues can be logged, which we discussed as well. Unlike a preexisting home you buy, new house designs haven’t been lived in and until they are, it’s hard to know if things were installed properly and if everything is in perfect working order. So, it’s nice to know that we’re covered if problems should arise.
After the binder was reviewed and questions were asked and answered, we started at the front of the home and our builder had removable labels with him. If anything was noticed, he marked it. He has been very particular throughout the entire process of building, so he was sticking stickers where we didn’t even notice anything. Mainly there were minor paint issues. He was also aware that our fireplace’s fan kept running, so he mentioned it would be fixed in the next few days. It was also the first time we saw our granite and appliances in our kitchen, which was very exciting. I was careful to check the appliances for scratches and dents especially since being stainless steel they can really be obvious.
We ran the sinks in the bathrooms and flushed the toilets. I switched on the lights in every room and made sure the garbage disposal worked. Our builder had come by earlier and ran the dishwasher so, at walk-through, it had run through a cycle and showed it was complete.
Another nice thing the builder did was supply us with markers that matched our flooring and cabinets so if we have any dents or scratches in the future, we could take care of them ourselves. He also discussed that our wood floors would look their best if we used damp and dry cloths to clean. No chemicals, only water. Our granite countertops have been sealed, but he suggested we continue every year. He also suggested sealing our driveway to make it last longer. I appreciated the cleaning tips especially with the wood floors because I would’ve been tempted to use some sort of household cleaner on them at some point I think.
We continued looking at the exterior with the same amount of detail and I’m happy to report everything looked great. Last, we checked out the basement, the sump pump, and the circuit box, which was already neatly labeled for us. It appears to be a successful walk-through, and the little minor flaws that were noticed our builder assured will be fixed and the entire home cleaned one last time before we get the keys at closing.