Asking the Seller the Right Questions

Posted by Lindsay Gough on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 at 6:50am.

If you are like me, you are probably anxious for the previous owner of your new piece of real estate to move out so you can get started on making your new house feel like your own. Before they move out you should consider the previous owners are experts on your new house, so be sure to take advantage of their knowledge while they are still around. Here are a few questions you might want to consider.

Where are the circuit breaker, sump pump, and other things located?

These are the type of things you usually forget are in the house until you need them. When you first have an issue with the electricity in the house, you’ll want to quickly locate the circuit breaker. The first time there is heavy rain, you’ll want to quickly make sure your sump pump is working.

Asking the previous owners will not only help you locate these things quickly, they might be able to tell you about any quirks associated with them.

What repairs have you made?

While owners are legally required to disclose any issues with the house, they are not always required to tell you about things that have been repaired. If somethings has needed a repair in the past, it will be helpful to know how it was previously fixed and when it was previously fixed.

How are the neighbors?

This is valuable information you can only get from a person that has lived in your house. You’ll be glad to know which neighbors cause trouble, are too nosey, or on the opposite end which neighbors you can easily trust.

If you have kids, asking about the neighbors can be a great way to find out which houses have kids, so your kids can make neighborhood friends faster.

Is there anything you wish you had known?

The previous owners have been in your position. Maybe they wish they had never used that dry cleaner around the corner or gone with a different plumber when they needed one.

So before you say goodbye to the sellers, think about the questions only they can answer. It can save you from trouble in the long run.

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