Questions to ask during a home visit

Questions to ask during a home visit

Here’s a few questions we recommend you ask during a home visit.

What is included in the sale?

Anything that is considered a fixture is typically included when purchasing a house. But what about the drapes? The hot tub? The gazebo? Etc.

Were there any major renovations or additions?

Knowing a home’s improvement history can help you better gauge its condition and understand the seller’s asking price.

How old are the “big ticket” items?

Understanding the anticipated lifespan of essential systems and items like the furnace, water heater, air conditioner, septic tank, well, foundation, windows and roof, etc. can help you anticipate major repair or replacement expenses.

Has there been water infiltration problems?

Water damage can have considerable impacts on the safety of the house. It can create unsound walls, mould, leaky pipes and windows or structural faults if it hasn’t been fixed properly. Knowing if the water infiltration problem has been correctly fixed will help you make an informed decision about whether to buy the property or not.

In which school district is the house situated in?

A reputable school district can boost a property’s worth. It’s important to consider this factor even if you don’t have kids that will attend school. The school district zoning could have an impact on the property’s future resale value and attract more potential buyers when it’s your time to sell.

What is the sellers’ ideal closing date?

In today’s fast-paced market, a closing date can have an impact on the price a buyer is willing to pay, or the price a seller is willing to accept. When the closing date doesn’t work for one party, it can result in a “no sale” scenario. Knowing when the sellers’ ideal closing date is and working with it can boost your chances as a buyer to secure the purchase of the property.

How much do the utilities costs?

Utility bills must not be overlooked when considering a purchase. Just like the mortgage and property tax payments, they represent a significant cost of owning a home. They can be a factor that tips the scale as to whether your budget permits you to buy a specific home.

What is the zoning for the house?

Because each area has its own set of regulations that govern how a property can be used, it’s important to know the zoning of the one you are considering to buy. For instance, if you want to open up a daycare or yoga studio in your home and the area doesn’t allow it, you might not be able to do so.

If you are buying an older home, make sure to ask these extra questions:

  • How is the house heated?
  • How old is the electric wiring? What is it consisted of?
  • How old is the plumbing?
  • Is the structure stable?
  • Does the home have asbestos?
  • Does the house have lead paint?

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