Buying your first home is certainly an exciting time, but it’s not something that should be taken lightly since it’s not only a big financial commitment, but also something that’s going to take a lot of your time and energy to really get things going the way you want them to, so in this post we’re going to share with you some of the things you should always ask before buying your first home so that we can hopefully help you find the best possible deal and also find your ideal place to live and build a life in.
What is the condition of the home like?
Of course, the outside of the home, depending on when it was built may tell you a good bit about the condition, however, even if the outside does appear to be in good condition, it’s always important to never judge a book by its cover since things can easily not always appear as they truly are.
Before you even consider making any kind of offer on a place, you should be asking questions about the structural condition of the house, the roof, the windows, and the major internal electrical and plumbing systems because these are all incredibly important parts of the house, they can also be masked to appear functioning until you actually need to use them, and not only that, they’re very expensive to repair, so making sure you ask about these not only when looking at the place for the first time, but when getting your buyer survey carried out as well. If you have any questions or are wondering what a homebuyer survey is, then this is something you should learn about before even going to look at places so that you’re protecting yourself at every base.
What is the area like?
Again, when it comes to looks, sometimes things can be quite deceiving, and so it’s important to gather as much information as possible about your possible future home. Not only asking about things like what the neighbors are like, if it’s a noisy neighborhood, and if there are places to walk and ride bikes, but also asking about things like the local area for things like entertainment options, shopping, school systems and even public transport options are all things you should be considering before deciding whether or not to move to a place because it’s not just the house you’re getting.
When were the last major renovations or repairs?
It’s important to know when things like major renovations or repairs such as plumbing and electricals and appliance repair or even the roof and floors have been updated. It’s also a good thing to ask if they’re updated to the latest safety and enviromental standards.
Does it come with land?
Whilst many houses will come with a certain amount of land, sometimes a house may be built on a larger piece of land or surrounded by one that previously belonged to the house and has since been sold off, so it’s important to not just assume that the house comes with a large plot of land that you later find out belongs to someone else.