Post # 1
My husband and I have recently decided to start looking for a home to buy. We are finally sure that we want to stay in Nashville for for at least a few years and we have the money saved up so we are ready to take the plunge. Tomorrow night we are going to our first two showings. One with an agent, and one alone (the house is being sold directly by the owner). What are the best questions to ask during the showings? We are first time home buyers and we don’t want to look unknowledgeable so that the sellers think they can take advantage of us. Thanks for the advise!
Post # 3
Ask when the house was built, (if more than 10 years, ask about any updates like roofing, flooring, water heater replaced, etc). Ask about Homeowners Association fees–if they have any, how much they are, is it paid yearly or monthly, what services are included in that. Ask about how long the house has been on the market (some of this you can research too–like initial price asked and any changes since on the market). Ask about the neighborhood and the neighbors–like mostly families, mostly retired folks, mostly college aged, etc. Ask about nearby schools and grading (if you’re planning on raising a family there). Maybe can ask about taxes, but that can be researched online too. That’s a start. Hope it helps.
Post # 5
-How old is the roof. Will it need replaced.
-Are there any leaks
-Check the foundation, driveways & patios for cracks
-check basement and crawlspace for moisture or stained wood & for termites (holes)
-Ask if there has ever been flooding or drainage issues.
-call city and check utilities and gas prices on home.
-Look under sinks in cabinets (again for leaks)
-Do appliances come with home or must you have them
-How old is flooring
-Check attic and basement for open electric boxes or strange wiring.
-Know if house is run on Electricity or Gas
-How old is waterheater
-Don’t be afraid to open doors and get down below or above eye level. You’d be surprised the things you can miss by just walking through.
It’s just really simple to look right over some stuff. You have to ask questions & don’t feel silly asking them. If they don’t know certain answers ask them if they can get back to you and let you know. However some of these things can be pretty expensive to replace if they need done in the near future.
Just a couple things I would keep in mind!
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice girls! Both of the houses we are looking at were build in 2003 so are relatively new construction and therefore hopefully in good shape. One of them even comes with a 1 year warranty on the house. We don’t plan to still be in Nashville by the time we have school age children so schools aren’t too big of a deal (but do still effect future value of your home). We have done our research on things like taxes and historical prices of the homes and homes in the area (thank you http://www.zillow.com !!). These are all good things to keep in mind… keep it coming : )
Post # 7
Other things we asked were how much their electricity bills usually run, how old the ac/heater is, are there any liens on the property, why are they selling.
Post # 8
ya’ll covered alot of it but IMO the most important ones are: How old is the roof, How old is the a/c, has the house ever been flooded/had fire, Why are you selling, has the house ever been smoked in(the sellers smoked in our house but when they were showing put a ton of candles everywhere so we couldnt smell the smoke. Very sneaky!)
Make sure you find out how long each house has been on the market. If its been on a long time usuallyyy you can talk them down! And dont be afraid to ask them anything! they expect it.. a house is a huge investment. Our house didnt come with a one year warranty but we asked them to pay for one and they agreed. So i recommend even if it doesnt come with a warranty, DEFINATELY ask. Almost everyone i know does this.