July 12, 2016
What do buyers want to know before they buy your home?
You’ve found a home you’d like to make an offer on. Great! Here are some questions that will help you finalize your decision:
- How old is the home? When was your home last renovated? How old is the roof?
- What structures or fixtures are included in the list price? (Appliances, ceiling fans, lighting, shed, swing set, window treatments, etc.)
- What are the home’s annual costs? (Electric, municipal water, gas, oil, lawn care, pool maintenance, etc.)
- Has the home required asbestos, lead or mold removal? Has the home been tested for radon?
- How is the home heated and/or cooled? How old is the heating and/or cooling system? How old is the hot water heater?
- How old is the wiring? Is it up to code?
- Has the well water been tested?
- Is/was an oil tank buried on the property? Is there a septic system, cesspool or drywell?
- Are there any outstanding permits or liens on the property?
Many Realtors recommend that the seller conduct a full inspection of the home. The advantage of inspecting a home before putting it on the market is to avoid being surprised by unseen defects in the property. Most buyers will request an inspection before making an offer, and hidden problems like cracked foundations and rusty plumbing could break the deal. It’s better to fix those problems before trying to sell the house.