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Questions to Ask When Viewing a Property

These questions allow you better insight into the home you’re viewing.

If you’re looking for a new home, you may have a couple of home viewings booked. As soon as you step into a house, it’s easy to forget everything and soak in the property. However, it’s important to remember that you’re looking for the good and the bad. After all, you want to know what you’re getting into if you decide to buy it. Be sure to ask these questions when you view a property.

How long has it been on the market?

You should know how long the property has been on the market. If it’s a new listing, don’t expect sellers to make a bargain with you. However, if it’s been sitting on the market for some time, the seller may be willing to negotiate their asking price. It’s also worth noting if a good-looking home in a good location hasn’t sold in some time, there could be an issue that you aren’t aware of.

Are there any repairs needed?

This is always important to ask! Look past the beautiful kitchen and crown moldings to assess the overall condition of the home. The sellers will disclose all of the known issues about the home after you’ve reached an agreement on the price and terms of your offer. They may disclose these issues in advance. Either way, it’s best to know what work is needed on the home before you get in too deep.

What are the boundaries of the property?

You may fall in love with the backyard, and you may be disappointed to realize that part of it is the neighbors’. Don’t land yourself in a boundary dispute. Ensure that you know what would belong to you.

What is the age of the roof?

Putting on a new roof is expensive. Depending on the type of roof, it could last from 15 to 50 years. In general, asphalt shingles last 20 years, wood shingle roofs last between 20 and 40 years, and tile roofs can last over 50 years.

Being prepared for a home sale or purchase is critical. Ensure that you know how to handle it by relying on the expertise of a professional mortgage corporation. Contact Dean Rathbun when it comes time to finding the perfect plan of action to buy your home. We are happy to help you.