Buying a home is the biggest purchase that you’ll make and it can often be quite daunting. You may have found a property that you wish to view but aside from the main details in the listing there are several questions that you should ask to help you decide if this is the right property for you.
As buyers you need to be as fully informed as possible before making your decision, we have shared our top ten key questions you should ask before buying a property.
1 - How long has the property been on the market?
Gaining an early indication of how desirable the property is allows you to understand if the property is appropriately priced and could lead you to ask whether there are any underlying problems turning buyers off.
2 - What’s included in the sale?
Understanding what’s included in the sale allows you to know exactly what you are buying without any surprises down the line. Items such as garden sheds, kitchen appliances and log burners may add additional costs post your purchase that you will need to consider.
3 - Is the property part of a chain?
Knowing the position of the sellers is vital information to know. This will affect the speed of your sale as well as determining whether they are in a hurry to sell and may be willing to negotiate on the price.
4 – How long have the previous owners lived there?
If a property has had an unusual amount of owners you may want to look in to why this has happened. If an owner hasn’t lived at the property for a long time certain structural problems may have gone unnoticed.
5 - What building work or decorating has recently taken place?
Property surveys are always recommended however before you reach this step it’s worth finding out if any building work or redecorating has taken place and if there was a particular reason for this. Although previous owners are not liable for any problems your agents must tell you of any ongoing issues.
6 - How old are the main replaceable parts of the house (roof, windows, guttering etc.)?
It’s important to understand the potential expense of replacing features such as the roof and windows and age of appliances to help when considering what offer to make or what costs you could later face.
7 - Which way does the house face?
We may not be blessed with sunshine all year round however if you and your family enjoy spending time in the garden entertaining or perhaps tending to your flowers then which direction it faces will be important to you.
8 - What are the bills like?
Your finances are important when buying a house not just to secure a mortgage but also to ensure that you have enough to comfortably live there too! Knowing the council tax and utility bill prices will help you to budget how much it will cost to run the house.
9 - Is the house listed and does it stand in a conservation area?
Whether a property is listed or in a conservation area may affect you if you wish to add an extension or even when painting the exterior of the property. Knowing of any restrictions beforehand may affect your decision to buy.
10 - What are the neighbours like?
As the song goes, ‘everyone needs good neighbours’ and this is true wherever you live! By viewing the property at different times of the week and day you will gain the best insight into your neighbours and perhaps spot any potential problems such as noises or parking issues.
As agents we are here to liaise with the sellers to answer your questions but ultimately only you can know exactly what you are looking for in a property. Our advice is to ask as many questions as possible as we hope to find you your new home. You can find all of our properties for sale online.