Keep these questions in mind when house hunting.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or already on the property market, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment when house hunting. There’s a good reason why it’s suggested that you visit the property a few different times to ensure it is the right fit for your needs. When viewing a property, ask these questions to make sure it’s right for you.
What is included in the sale?
When moving house, you may need to factor in the purchase of fixtures/fittings and appliances when setting a budget. It’s useful to find out ahead of time what the seller will be leaving with the property. Asking this question is also good for determining the boundaries of the property and how much land you’re responsible for.
How old is the roof?
The roof may not be your primary concern, but this is the only defense the house has between you and the weather conditions. Knowing the approximate age will give you a good idea of how soon you’ll face repairs or replacement. The most common type of roofing (regular asphalt shingles) needs to be replaced after 15 to 20 years.
Did the sellers make any major renovations or additions?
If the sellers have overhauled the kitchen, added a bedroom, or finished the basement, you’ll want to know about it. Ideally, you should see receipts from contractors to ensure that the work has been carried out by professionals and up to safety standards.
Understanding a bit more about the property can help to determine if it’s the right one for you. After all, it’s a large investment, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve made the right choice!
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