When touring a home, it can be easy to get caught up in the paint color, closet size, and even the furniture inside. But there are some things you should be asking the touring real estate agent as well as the owners of the home. While your real estate agent may have some of this information, it may be better to ask the current owners as well. Let’s take a moment to go over some of these questions and why you should be asking them!
When was the Home Built?
The age of the home will be able to tell you what kind of potential problems you could face in the future. Older homes tend to have their fair share of problems from the wiring to the insulation of the house. It is important to know what kind of problems you could face before signing any documents.
How Old is the Roof?
A roof’s age can determine a lot about a home. It can tell you what kind of weather it has been through and survived over the years. But more importantly, it is important to know if you’ll need to replace it in the future.
What is the Neighborhood Like?
Neighborhoods often cater to a certain lifestyle. There are some neighborhoods that cater to young children or growing families while others cater to young professionals. Each of these neighborhoods has different features for different households so make sure you are looking in the right place for the lifestyle.
What are the Neighbors Like?
This is definitely something you should ask the current owners of the home. If you see a park near the home, go and talk to some of the neighbors to ask about community events and how they like living there.
What is Included in the Price?
It is important to clarify what the price of the home covers. Ask about the appliances and light fixtures as some people want to take their refrigerator with them when they leave. It is also important to find out what additional fees you could incur including back taxes, down payments, and closing costs. You don’t want to be surprised on closing day with a few fees you didn’t know about. Your agent should be able to tell you about these fees and payments that need to be made in order to transfer the title to your name.
What are the Utility Costs?
Many things can determine how much money you will be paying month to month for your utilities. As about the average water bill, heating and cooling, and property taxes so you know how much money you should allocate to your monthly bills. You should also ask if the house is wired for a specific cable company.
There are many different things you should ask your real estate agent when touring a home. Remembering to ask these questions will tell you more about the home than a tour will. For more information on finding your perfect home, call Simply Referable today!
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