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Questions You Should Ask During a Home Tour

calendar iconPosted: April 7, 2021
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When you take a home tour, you’re likely seeing the best version of the house. It’s probably clean, well staged and maybe they even baked cookies to make it smell nice! However, it’s important to dig a little deeper beyond the charm on the surface to ensure this house will meet your family’s needs for years to come. Here are some things you should inquire about before making an offer.

Why is it on the market?

You might not always get the whole story, but asking this question may provide some useful information. For example, if the sellers are relocating out of state for a new job, they might be more motivated to sell and willing to negotiate the price.

Are there any issues with the house?

Ask to see a copy of the disclosure statement for a listing of known flaws with the house. Major concerns like foundation issues or a leaky roof might impact your interest in the house or how you negotiate. If you do want to proceed with an offer, you should still arrange a home inspection to catch any problems that were missed.

How old are the appliances?

If the appliances are newer, you can anticipate them holding up for a while, but if they are getting toward the end of their life span they may need to be replaced in the near future. A new furnace or water heater could be a significant expense. You may want to ask the sellers to include a home warranty or buy one yourself.

What is included?

Pieces of the home that are permanently attached such as cabinets and faucets are considered fixtures and are usually included in the sale, but it’s a good idea to check. Plus, you’ll want to know if appliances such as the washer and dryer are staying. The sellers may even be happy to leave you some heavy items like a basement pool table that would be difficult to move.

Have there been any renovations?

Ask the seller for permits or documentation on any renovations. You’ll want to be sure the improvements were made up to code so you don’t run into plumbing, wiring or structural issues down the road.

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