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House Hunting Checklist: 7 Essential Questions to Ask When Viewing a House

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There are certain questions to ask when viewing a house that can help make the most of the experience. Your first impression of a property is very important, and asking the right questions can make a big difference in finding the perfect home.

Want to know what to ask? Read below. 

1. How Functional Is The Kitchen?

For some people, one of the most attractive areas of a new home is the kitchen. Most people like to picture themselves cooking for their family or entertaining guests, and the layout and design of a kitchen can make or break a purchase.

The kitchen is where once spends most of their time at home, whether it's prepping meals, storing cleaning supplies, or getting a midnight sip of water.

One question you'll want to definitely ask is what the working status is of all the appliances.

Are the refrigerator, oven, and microwave in good condition? Does it look like they will malfunction within the year, costing you thousands of dollars to replace? Have many years of previous owners made them impossible to clean and feel like new?

Open the refrigerator and freezer, and inspect the hard to reach areas. If the refrigerator has a water dispenser, inspect the filter area thoroughly. 

If the stove is a gas stove, ask questions about the gas installations, make sure there are no possible gas leaks that one might easily overlook. If the gas is turned on at the time of your viewing, try turning on the stove to make sure it works properly. 

2. Do all the Appliances Work?

Other appliances around the home that might come with the home's purchase, like a washer and dryer, should be properly looked at as well. Make sure to check the water pipes too, the last thing you want is a costly plumbing job shortly after buying your dream home.

You'll also want to check for carbon monoxide detectors. Not only is it safer, it's legally required.

3. How are the Floors?

Much like the home's kitchen, the floors of a home can be very telling of how well maintained the property is. If the home you are viewing is carpeted, you'll want to inspect areas that you might not always see, like inside closets.

Checking for mold or any subflooring issues that might be hidden can help help save you money. More importantly, exposure to mold is a serious health hazard you'll want to avoid.

If you will be bringing a pet to your new home, you'll want to make sure the flooring is suitable for you and your pet's needs. If the floor is tiled, ask about any broken tiles that might be costly to replace. 

4. What are the Measurements?

When viewing a home, it can be easy to get carried away thinking about how you'll decorate each room and area of the home. However, our memory of the size of a room can often fail us, so you'll want to ask the agent for a floorplan of the home with measurements.  

Another good idea is to take a measuring tape yourself and double-check that the measurements given to you are correct. If there's a centerpiece couch or an antique bed you're hoping to fit in a room, you want to make sure it can fit there before making any decisions.

You will also want to ask about the width of doorways and stairs in case you are loading in large pieces of furniture. 

5. What Do I have to Pay For?

Every home is different, and that means you might be paying for different services than your current home. You can ask for a total estimate of services cost and compare your current payments to see if your new home is within your budget.

Depending on when your home was built, and how recently it has been renovated, maintenance or service costs can be pricier than you anticipated. 

You'll also be able to get information about which service provider is most common and reliable in your area, such as internet and cable provider, gas service, and home security. 

6. How is the Area?

Searching for a new home can come from a variety of reasons: getting a new job, expanding your family, or wanting to relocate to a different neighborhood. Whatever the reasons, you'll want to know a good amount on your new neighborhood, including who your neighbors are.

If you have kids, you'll want to learn more about the area's schools and what makes the most sense for you and your family. If eating out is something you enjoy, learning about what restaurants surround your future home will make you picture your life there better.

Proximity to gas stations, your workplace, grocery stores, medical facilities, and shopping centers is a good way to measure what your commute will be. Chances are your agent can recommend a good spot or two, so make sure to ask!

Learning a little about your next-door neighbors too might be helpful. If you're looking to live on a quiet block and your neighbors love to party, you might want to know that before buying your new home.

7. What is the Parking Situation?

If you have a lot of drivers in your family or are looking to have roommates who will all drive separate cars, you'll want to know what the parking situation on your block is. You'll want to ask if there are any parking permits required on your streey, and if so, how much they cost.

Figuring out your street cleaning schedule can also help you plan. If you travel for work often, you'll want to make sure parking your car on the street won't get you a towed.

Important Questions to Ask When Viewing A House

Now you know some important questions to ask when viewing a house. Sometimes just finding the right agent can make all the difference. An agent who is transparent and honest can help answer anything else you should know about your future home and can help uncover anything else you may have missed.

Need help finding an agent? Check out our listings for assistance. 

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