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Closing on a new home is an exhilarating experience, but before you sign the final paperwork and receive the keys to your dream house, it’s crucial to ensure that all essential appliances are in good working order. Conducting a thorough inspection of key appliances can save you from potential headaches and unexpected expenses down the road. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the top appliances to check before closing.

1. HVAC System: Start with a close examination of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Check for any unusual sounds, unpleasant odors, or irregularities in temperature. Verify that the system is capable of efficiently heating and cooling the entire home. Consider hiring a professional HVAC technician for a more in-depth inspection to catch any potential issues before they become major problems.

2. Kitchen Appliances: The kitchen is the heart of the home, and its appliances play a significant role in daily life. Ensure that the stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave are all in good working condition. Test each appliance for functionality, paying attention to any strange noises, leaks, or malfunctions. Inspect the refrigerator’s temperature settings and make sure the ice maker and water dispenser are working correctly.

3. Washer and Dryer: A functional laundry area is essential for any household. Check the washer and dryer for any signs of leaks, unusual noises, or erratic behavior. Test each machine through a complete wash and dry cycle to confirm that they perform as expected. Inspect the lint traps and ventilation systems to prevent potential fire hazards.

4. Water Heater: The water heater is often overlooked until it fails, causing inconvenience and potential damage. Inspect the water heater for any signs of corrosion, leaks, or rust. Verify that it provides consistent hot water and consider the age of the unit, as older water heaters may be less efficient and more prone to issues.

5. Plumbing Fixtures: A thorough inspection of plumbing fixtures, including faucets, sinks, toilets, and showers, is crucial. Check for any leaks, water stains, or water pressure issues. Test the flushing mechanism on toilets and ensure that drains are free-flowing. Identifying and addressing plumbing concerns before closing can prevent future water damage and save you from unexpected repair costs.

6. Electrical Systems: Inspect the electrical systems in your new home to ensure they meet safety standards. Test all outlets and switches, looking for signs of wear, damage, or electrical malfunctions. Check the circuit breaker panel for proper labeling and functionality. If you notice any flickering lights or issues with the electrical system, consider consulting with a licensed electrician.

7. Garbage Disposal: The garbage disposal is a convenient kitchen appliance that often goes unnoticed until it malfunctions. Run water through the disposal and test it with small amounts of food waste to ensure it operates smoothly. Listen for any unusual noises or signs of blockages, and address any issues promptly to avoid clogs and damage.

8. Garage Door Opener: If your new home comes with a garage, inspect the garage door opener for proper functionality. Test the remote control, keypad entry, and manual controls. Look for any unusual noises, slow response times, or signs of wear and tear. A well-maintained garage door opener contributes to the overall security and convenience of your home.

9. Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Safety is paramount, so ensure that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order. Test each device to confirm that it produces a loud, audible alarm. Replace batteries and update any outdated units for optimal safety in your new home.

10. Pool and Spa Equipment (if applicable): If your new home is equipped with a pool or spa, inspect the associated equipment. Check for leaks, assess the condition of the pool pump and filter, and ensure that all safety features, such as pool gates and alarms, are functional. If the property includes a pool or spa, understanding its condition and maintenance requirements is essential.

In summary, before finalizing the closing on your new home, invest time in thoroughly inspecting these key appliances and systems. Identifying and addressing potential issues early on can save you from post-purchase surprises and ensure that your new home is a comfortable and functional haven for years to come.

At Frank B. Pallotta Law we are licensed Real Estate Lawyers with 20 years of experience helping our clients in Georgia navigate the closing process. Reach out to us with your questions. We’re here to help.