Questions To Ask When Buying A House
My other half and I are in the process of selling our current property and looking for a new one so I thought it would be useful to put together a quick check-list of questions to ask when buying a house. That way you have an easy to refer to list to quiz the owner about, when you are on the hunt for a new property.
How long have you lived here?
What are the neighbours like?
What surrounds the house?
What’s the council tax banding and how much does that translate to, per month?
Are you metered for water or is it rates? What are the current costs?
Does the property have both gas and electricity?
If no, what else does it have?
What are the costs for electricity (and gas) and how many people currently live in the property?
What are the broadband speeds like?
What is the mobile/data signal like (or perhaps check this when you are leaving)?
Do you know of any electrical issues in the property?
When was the boiler installed and when was it last serviced?
When was the house built?
Has the house ever been extended, and were all the relevant permissions granted?
What’s included in the sale? White goods, curtains etc.
Are there any or have there ever been any structural problems with the building?
Has there ever been any damage to the property? Structural, flooding etc.
What are the schools like in the area (if relevant)?
What facilities/amenities are there in the local area?
What public transport is available locally?
Is there parking allocated to the property (if not obvious)?
What else would you be interested to know, perhaps there’s a couple of questions worth adding to the list? Can you think of any other questions to ask when buying a house?
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for our house hunt and hope that we find somewhere we love. I also hope that someone loves our current property as much as we do. We just need a bit more space.
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