Top 10 Questions to ask When Buying a Home

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Buying a Home
Buying a Home

When going to look at a house you need to be thinking about more than just how it looks. You need to think about the potential it has and whether you are going to be able to sell it on when you don’t want to live there anymore; also, if you have children, then you need to think about the area and whether it is safe for them. Here are 10 questions you should ask yourself every time you go to view a home just to be sure it is going to be perfect for you.

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Are there going to be parking problems?

If you have more than one car in your family, then is there enough space? Also, if you have friends and family over regularly, where are they going to park?

What are the neighbors like?

You can ask the current owners of the house what the neighbours are like and whether they have ever had any problems. You do not want to be moving into a home if you are going to have neighbour problems all the time.

What is included in the sale of the house?

Find out what the current owners of the house are leaving, for example, are they taking the washing machine and dishwasher or are they leaving it? Are they leaving the light fittings? This way you can determine what you might need to purchase before you move into the house.

When was the boiler last inspected?

Boilers can cause you a number of problems and unwanted expenses if they have not been serviced, so make sure you know. If the boiler has not been inspected, then that’s something you should do quite soon when you move into the house.

How long have the current owners been living there?

Ask the current owners how long they have been at the property; if they have been there for quite a long time, then this could mean they really loved living there. They might even tell you why they have plans to move out, this way you will know whether they are leaving because they don’t like the house or whether they have other reasons.

What is the council tax band?

Find out what the council tax band is; the lowest is tax band A and the highest is tax band H.

How long has the house been on the market?

Ask the owners how long the house has been on the market for; if it has been on the market for a long time, then you might start to wonder why. You should inspect the property, maybe on a second of third viewing.

Does the house have central heating or air conditioning?

Central heating is a must-have for most people when buying a house. If the house does not have central heating, then does it have a fire place? If it doesn’t have either, then you might want to think about installing it. Air conditioning isn’t as important, but it’s a bonus.

What is the area like?

Just by driving around the area you can probably tell whether it seems like a decent area. But you can ask the owners, whether they like the area or have ever had any problems there.

Are there schools close by?

If you have children, then schools are important. If there are schools close by, then you should find out whether they are decent. If there are not any schools, then you might want to rethink the house.

Every single time you go to view a house, you should have these questions prepared so you know as much about the property as possible. A house is a huge investment, so you need to make sure it is absolutely perfect for you and your family!

About the Author:

Candy Wright loves to stay at home and relax with her children. When she was selling her house, she referred to the Perfect Viewing guide.