10 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a Home

You’ve finally found it: a home you’re swooning over and dying to own. From the exposed ceiling beams to the hardwood floors, this feels like the place. So what’s next? Don’t just stand there dumbstruck; it’s time to dig deeper and ask questions—and not just the kind that randomly pop into your head, either. You need to hit all of the necessary topics head-on, and some of them are not so obvious.

But you’re in luck: We’ve pulled together a checklist of some of the most important initial questions to ask when buying a home:

  1. What is the home's sales history?
  2. Did the sellers make any major renovations or additions?
  3. How much are the property taxes?
  4. What are the monthly maintenance and utility costs?
  5. Has there ever been a broken pipe? Sewer backup?
  6. How old is the roof?
  7. Have there ever been any pest infestations?
  8. Are there warranties on the appliances, HVAC system, garage door, etc.?
  9. What are the parking restrictions around the house?
  10. Does the house have any kind of unusual history?

These questions were pulled from an article on realtor.com, more detail on these questions can be found here.