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:
- What is the home's sales history?
- Did the sellers make any major renovations or additions?
- How much are the property taxes?
- What are the monthly maintenance and utility costs?
- Has there ever been a broken pipe? Sewer backup?
- How old is the roof?
- Have there ever been any pest infestations?
- Are there warranties on the appliances, HVAC system, garage door, etc.?
- What are the parking restrictions around the house?
- 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.