“These guys were so amazing!”
Reliable Shippers For A Reasonable Price
Estimate moving cost in 30 seconds:
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using ThreeMovers last week

How To Prepare For Your Final Walk Through

Published by Chris Townsend

How To Prepare For Your Final Walk Through

Moving Out: How To Prepare For Your Final Walk Through

The final walkthrough before you move out is an important step since it can mean the difference in getting a security deposit back, or if you’re selling, having to do repairs and cleaning before the house is shown. In all cases of a walkthrough, you want to bring any documentation you have, as well as any evidence of existing damages when you moved in, especially for renters. A walk through is pretty thorough in most cases so you’ll want to make sure you have all your bases covered. In the sections below, we’ll go over some of the more important things you should look for.

Windows & Doors

All windows and doors should be in good working order when you move out. It’s good to do a test run to make sure that all windows and doors can open and close properly. You may have some windows that you haven’t opened in the time you’ve lived in the home so making sure they’re in good working order before you move should be a priority. In a lot of homes, a sloppy paint job can mean that windows may not open or close as originally designed so you may have some work to do if that’s the case. Everything in the home should be fully functional, whether you’re moving in or moving out.


All the locks inside and outside of the house should be in working order, along with the appropriate keys required to open them. If you have a deadbolt lock that you haven’t tried opening from the outside with your key, now is the time to make sure it works. The same goes for any garage, shed, gate, storage area, or basement door on the house—they’ll need to be accessed during the walkthrough. If you have put your own private locks on anything, be sure to remove them before going.

Three Movers is a local, long distance, and international moving company that handles all variety of moves, from small cross town moves to cross country and overseas relocation. Call us today at (888) 202-0036 to learn more about what we offer, or if you’d like a FREE price quote! All cost estimates are given in real time by a certified moving representative and are 100% FREE of charge, no commitment necessary! You can also get an estimate by contacting us through our online moving request form!

Plumbing before moving

Plumbing & Appliances

Plumbing is a very important thing to check before a walkthrough, especially if you’re the home owner. All faucets in the house should be free of leaks and work as they were intended, including the water pressure and hot water heater. This is a fairly quick and easy check to make, but don’t forget to check for any issues with the toilet, tub, and shower as well. We all know how quickly a plumbing bill can add up and any problems should be addressed as soon as possible. This also applies to any appliances that will be remaining in the home. The main things to check here include the stove, refrigerator (if not being moved with you), washer, dryer, heating and air conditioning.

Clean & Damage Free

The first thing most people probably think of when they hear the word “walkthrough” probably pertains to cleaning and damage. No matter if you’re renting or selling, damages and a mess to clean up can delay the process of moving out, or worse, cost you financially if it’s not addressed before you move. Be sure to look over the walls for damages caused by fixtures and wall hangings, as well as any other scuffs and scrapes that may have occurred along the way.

Ensure checking around the house

Outside the House

The outside of the house is equally important as the inside as far as a walkthrough is concerned. If you are selling your house, we all know the importance of curb appeal in attracting potential buyers. Inspect the outside of doors and windows, rain gutters, and any signs of issues with the roof. If you have a garage our other space outside your home, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in good shape too. Checking around the foundation for any cracks is also a good idea as it can affect your selling price or your security deposit, depending on the circumstances.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

Email Me

4.8/5 average star rating

Do You Want To Get Your Quote Instantly?

Get your quote and answer any questions you have by calling us:

Female Customer
© Copyright 2024 ThreeMovers.com