Are any repairs required?
Knowing the amount of repair needed for a property in distress before you buy helps you in your decision-making. It allows you to know if the property is right for you. If repair work is not required now, asking this question can provide answers that make you immune to any future repairs. Moreover, this question is not only for you to be aware of the state of the property, but to know if the property is overpriced. The repairs required gives you the chance to decide if you want to renegotiate the asking price or move forward.
How long has it been on the market?
A property listed for more than three months tells the buyer that something is wrong. Although, this may not be a major turn-off, knowing it helps with making decisions. So, you have to be careful and not always be turned off by ‘how long a property has been listed.’ Also, asking questions like this is not absurd and can prevent you from buying a dud. Another reason to know how long the property has been listed is to know if you can negotiate the price or not, because properties listed for long times have chances of selling lower than their asking price.
What’s its history?
Love at first sight is real, even with properties. So, you may fall in love with a property at first glance, but you are advised to love a property with good history. Loving a property with bad history can lead to headaches in future. For example, if a property has a history of pest infestation, and you didn’t know about it, then you are moving towards spending out of a budget. Apart from making you spend more, it can pose a great risk to lives and property. The only way to know about it is by asking your real estate agent.
How close are social amenities?
You wouldn’t like to live where it takes you 10 to 15 minutes to get to the nearest gas station, or where you need to walk an hour to find the nearest school. Therefore, the closeness of intended property to basic amenities like schools, parks, gyms, hospitals and so on should not be taken with levity. Another thing to know is asking questions like this allows you to know the neighborhood before moving in. Also, it lets you know the bad side of the neighborhood like pollution, crime rate, and more. Unless you ask, you won’t know. This is why you should ask to prevent future regrets.
In conclusion, getting accustomed with the home you want to buy gives you the chance to make the right decision. It makes you better prepare for any problems that may arise in the future. This means that if you decide to buy a property, you should work with a real estate agent to help you make better decisions.