The Questions You Need to Ask When Buying a New Home
Whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned pro, buying a property can seem like a minefield. But what do you need to ask when you view a potential new home?
Why are the current owners selling?
Not only could this question throw up a list of potential problems, it also helps you understand whether the current owners are looking for a quick sale or if they simply put their property on the market to gauge interest.
Has there been any major building work at the property?
While you will inevitably arrange for a survey of the property to be completed prior to purchase, it’s always handy to know about any prior works which may have been undertaken and if there is the potential to extend.
How long has the property been on the market?
Depending upon how long the property has been on the market, it may well be the seller will be more likely to consider offers. Why not ask if any offers have been previously made? It will help you to gauge not only whether an offer is likely to be accepted but also might help you to work out what amount you’d need to offer to secure your new home.
What’s the parking like?
If the property doesn’t come with a driveway or parking space, you might want to investigate the possibility of parking permits or a dropped kerb with the local council. Has the owner already looked into this? What can they tell you about parking in the area?
Is the property in a chain?
Has the seller already found their dream home and are desperate to move? You could use this to your advantage when it comes to making an offer on your new home. Additionally, if it is part of a long chain, think about how long you’re prepared to wait before you can move in.
What’s the area like?
Is it on a flood plain? Is it impossible to park during the school run? Ask the current owner but also make sure you visit at different times of day and night to get an idea of what the neighbourhood is really like.
What are the neighbours like?
Noisy neighbours, nosy neighbours or a real community vibe? Neighbours can make or break a move, so make sure you check them out before you buy.
What’s included in the sale?
Will the current owners be taking the white goods with them? Will they be including any furniture or perhaps shutters or blinds in the sale? Make sure you ask before you buy so there are no surprises on moving day.
Need more help? Speak to your local agent.