Questions to ask a seller

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Everyone wants to know what to ask when buying a home, but knowing what to ask a person selling a home is just as important. What are some questions a buyer should be asking the seller? Let’s take a look at some questions that will give you some information about your potential new home so you know what to expect.

What is included in the sale?

It is a good idea to clarify what exactly is included, and not included, in the sale of the home. Usually, anything that is attached to the home permanently is included, but you need to make sure. This will prevent any unpleasant surprises.

How long has this home been on the market?

Houses that stay on the market for a long time usually weren’t priced correctly when first listed for sale. Often, those houses were priced too high. The listings will become stale and become a turnoff to some buyers. One good point of this situation is the longer the home is on the market, the more negotiation power the buyer has.

Have there been any major repairs?

Make sure you ask if there have been any major repairs to the home. Most sellers are required to inform buyers of such things, and if there are any current issues. Past issues may not be revealed so this may be a chance to see if the seller will discuss those things. Also, ask about structural changes. Room additions, patios, and any changes to the layout of the home should be revealed as they impact the future of the home and property. You need to know about any structural changes, and if they were approved. Structural changes aren’t usually a problem but you need to be aware.

How old are the roof, water tank, and air conditioning unit?

The roof, air conditioning unit, and water tank are important to the home. If something goes wrong with any of those things, it could mean expensive repairs. By knowing how recently they were fixed or replaced, you will know what to expect when you take over the home.

Why are you moving?

Why do you need to know this? Most people are moving due to jobs, a growing family, downsizing, upsizing, or other life changes. You want to simply make sure the old owners aren’t moving because of some problem with the house. You want to avoid the surprise of finding out the water tank or air conditioning unit hasn’t been touched in over a decade.

Asking questions is one simple way of getting to know not only people but houses as well. Houses often have stories of their own, and knowing the history of a home can often help you settle in faster.

With Royal Canadian Realty, we will help you get answers to all your buying or selling questions. Contact us today, and let our real estate professionals help you buy or sell your home. No question is a silly question, so ask away. Let’s begin your new home journey today.