Buying a house is one of the biggest purchases that you will make in your lifetime. Knowing what questions to ask will help save, time and potential disappointment.
How long has the property been on a market?
If it has been on the market a while, why? is it due to falling through on a previous sale, lots of work needed or is there something more serious such as structural issues.
Why is the owner selling?
If they need to sell quickly you may be able to factor this into your offer. Or if they have found fault with the property such as no storage, this may be something you need to consider if it will be a problem for you.
Have there been any damp issues?
Keep your eyes peeled at viewings for signs of damp or a musty smell. Major damp issues can be problematic and costly. If you see damp, a surveyors report will reveal any issues.
Have their been any renovations or extensions?
If a project took place due to structural faults this could lead to greater issues in the future.
What’s included in the sale?
Never presume what will be left unless it’s written in the contract.
How energy efficient is the home?
The EPC will flag up anything you can do to help the property more energy efficient and also an idea of the current running costs.
What are the average monthly costs?
Council tax and utility bills will need to be taken into consideration for your affordability for the property, getting an idea of these early on can avoid the stress of overspending.
How are the neighbours?
Any issues with neighbours have to be disclosed to buyers, finding out if the neighbours have issues with boundaries or are noisy will help you make a more informed decision.
Is there parking available?
If you don’t have off street parking, make sure you check if you need permits for the local area and that you would able to find space near your home.
Is the property in a conservation area?
If the property is in a conservation area you will need planning permission for things such as changing windows and doors to painting the exterior.