When you’re house-hunting, it can be so easy to get caught up in the excitement of finding a house you like and forget to ask the important questions.
We’d recommend writing a list of questions before you go, with the most important at the top in case you run out of time or are viewing lots of houses. We’ve put together a list of the big questions that we think you should be addressing first and foremost.
How long have the current owners lived there and why are they moving?
It’s worth asking these questions to make sure that there aren’t any serious problems with the property or the area that has pushed them into moving house.
What is included with the property?
It would be a little heart-breaking to move into a house and discover that the owners took the gorgeous chandelier or the huge fridge that you loved at the house viewing. Make sure you find out what you get for your money, including white goods and fixtures and fittings.
How much will you be paying in council tax and utility bills?
It’s good to ask the current owners about this in order to get a realistic figure. It’ll come in very handy when you’re budgeting for your new home!
Has there been much interest in the property?
This will give you an idea of how quickly you have to make decisions – if the house is stirring up a lot of interest, and offers have been made, you’ll want to be considering putting in an offer yourself very soon!
What’s the area like?
Don’t fall in love with a property that isn’t in a neighbourhood that you could see yourself calling home. If you have children, for example, make sure you find out how family friendly the place is and check out the local schools.
Other things you could look out for are petrol stations, supermarkets, sports facilities, and transport links. You could also ask the current owners what their neighbours are like!
Does the garden/key living areas get any sun?
Having a beautiful garden will be no use if you can’t enjoy it in the summer because it doesn’t see any sun. Make sure you know what areas of the house and garden you’ll be using most and that they get enough sun – maybe visit at different times of the day?
Is the property listed or is it in a conservation area?
Buying a listed property can mean that you are restricted in what changes you can make to the property. If the house is listed or in a conservation area, make sure you find out what restrictions will apply and if you can live with them.
If you want to talk to us about what your looking for in your dream home, get in touch today!