Your “Walk-Thru” on Your New Home…What To Expect.

Once your home construction has started, you’ll be invited to a pre-drywall walk with your builder. That’s when the house is framed, mechanicals are in the home, and the house has been insulated. You’ll see the “innards” of your residence prior to the drywall being installed. This is when you confirm placement of electrical needs and make sure that the personalized options you’ve requested are planned for.

Every stage of your new home build is meticulously executed by industry leaders, and once your project is complete all that’s left is to schedule your final walk-through before you close—but what should you expect from your builder and what is expected from you? Typically scheduled a week or two from your scheduled closing date, this final walk-through is your last opportunity to address any items that require attention no matter how big or how small.  Items to check include:


Run water through each faucet and check under sinks.

Flush all toilets.

Turn each lighting fixture on and off.

Test heating and air conditioning.

Open and close all windows and test lock mechanisms.

Open and close all interior and exterior doors completely and test lock mechanisms.

Turn on exhaust fans.

Test the outlets in each room.

Close inspection of all ceilings, floors, and walls.

Ensure all debris is removed from the home.

Test all major appliances.


Test garage door openers (if applicable).

Ensure garage door opens and closes completely and interior light is operational (if applicable).

Walk around the exterior of the home looking for cracks and inspect the trim and exterior finishes.

Examine the landscaping ensuring it meets your specifications.

Test the fit and finish of decking.

Mark any items that require attention with colored tape or stickers, number them, and write the corresponding number and deficiency on a master list; take photos of each item as additional visual proof.

After The Walk-Through

Your builder will work to repair any items that came up during your pre-settlement walk. On settlement day you will have another brief walk through your home prior to settling to confirm that things are as expected. Depending on the extent of things needing attention, items may not be complete at settlement.  Most items can be attended to by your builder team but, if we need to replace a product or material, we’ll need to rely on our vendor partners to assist in that effort. Any outstanding items will be put under your warranty and we’ll will work to address them as quickly as possible. Make your dreams a reality by calling Lacrosse Homes today at 410-604-3701 or contact us online.