There’s a lot of information to take in and consider when viewing a new home and asking the right questions is important. Below are 20 important questions to ask when looking at a new home that you can ask the seller to make sure you get the right house for you:
1. How long has the property been on the market?
A good opening question and good to know. It also helps to understand any issues they have had with selling the house or, if the house looks perfect and is just on the market, then you know you don’t have much time to make an offer!
2. What are the local facilities like?
A great way to find out what is in the area.
3. What exactly is included in the price?
Some sellers like to leave particular fixtures and fittings while others take as much as they can into their new home.
4. How old is the property?
5. What are the neighbours like?
6. What land and perimeters are included exactly?
It’s important to understand who owns the fencing or hedgerows on your boundary. If you have a shared driveway then how is that managed in terms of costs for repairs or dividing up of the parking spaces?
7. Why are you selling the house?
8. What is the internet and phone signal like in the area?
In the modern era, having good internet and phone connection is becoming increasingly important. It might seem like a minor thing but it could lead to years of frustration. Especially if you have kids or want to run a business from home.
Although some questions such as “Why are you selling the house?” may indicate potential issues, the following questions are more direct and help to identify any extra costs when buying the house:
9. Has any major work been carried out?
10. What guarantees are included?
If the house has a flat roof for example then knowing how long the guarantee is on it and knowing it is still covered under a new owner is important.
11. Is the building listed or in a conservation area?
12. Has there been any electrical issues recently?
13. What decorating have you done recently?
It’s possible that a room has been decorated to cover up an issue. It’s good to ask and understand what issue might lurk beyond the fresh paintwork!
14. Ask your nose: Do you smell damp?
This isn’t really a question to ask the seller but it’s important to be wary of any strange smells. A musty smell may be caused by damp. It may not stop you from buying the house but it could help to reduce the price of the house.
Bills and winter
Having a house that is cold in the winter or requires extra costs to fix a boiler can be a potential nightmare. Here are some questions to make sure your winter is warmer and your bills are reasonable:
15. Has there been any problems with the boiler recently?
16. How is the water heated?
17. Are the loft or walls insulated?
18. How much is the council tax – and other bills
This also helps to budget after you have moved house when you will also have the mortgage costs to consider.
The next steps
Sometimes finding the right property at the right time can be a challenge. These final questions will help you when deciding on the next steps:
19. Can I view the property again soon?
If you like the property then it should be viewed again. You may even want to bring along a friend or extra family member to get a second opinion when you return.
20. When do you need to move out?
Now you have the right questions to ask when looking at a new home! These questions will help you decide if it’s the right property for you.
You may also want to see our previous blogs: 10 Things To Look Out For When Buying A New Home and Choosing The Perfect Property Location For A Better Lifestyle.
Don’t forget to use the PlaceBuzz property search to find the perfect house to view.