4 Often-Forgotten Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 8:50am.

When it comes to finding the perfect home, the factors to consider can often seem overwhelming. Everything from where the home is located to your future family plans need to be taken into consideration. Many buyers often have a chance to ask important questions of the people involved in their sales, but that doesn’t always mean they ask the right or most important ones. Here’s a few different questions that buyers often forget to ask, and why the answers could mean the difference between finding the home of your dreams and accidentally buying a dud.

1. What’s Coming to the Area in the Future?

While your neighbourhood may have a great little supermarket and farmer’s market that you love right now, if there’s plans to put in a space for big box stores that could challenge the local businesses, you may have a problem in a few years. Always ask about what’s happening in the area and what’s expected to happen in the future. Some of these plans may already be in motion, some may be rumours, but they should all be considered if you plan on living in the area for a long time.

2. How Long Have the Sellers Lived in the Home?

Short-term living usually means the house was flipped after renovations, extenuating circumstances, or there’s something up with the place. Of all three scenarios, the latter is the worst, and something you’ll need to discover by asking more questions. If the sellers never lived in the home, then you’ll want to get as much detailed information on how the home was maintained, as rental properties often get less attention than homes occupied by their owners.

3. What’s the History of the Home?

It’s surprising, but homes can have histories that point to a bad investment. If it was a former grow-op, for example, there could be extensive damage in the foundation and remnants of mold throughout. Either way, knowing the history of the home will give you a look into what you need to look for moving forward.

4. What’s Around Right Now?

Knowing the services, shops, and local places in an area can give you a glimpse into your future lifestyle living in the home. Take some time to ask about what’s in the area, as well as driving around to see for yourself. Some online research can help as well, looking at reviews of local haunts and shops. Asking about the area is a great way to see if how you live your life works with your potential new home.

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