When you find a home you really like, there are some more probing questions you might want to ask. Remember, a professional home inspection will be necessary to completely answer most of these questions.

General

  • When was the home built?
  • How many owners has it had?
  • How does the asking price compare to other houses in the neighborhood?
  • What did the property sell for when the current owner purchased it?
  • What year was it purchased in?
  • What are the annual property taxes? Will the taxes increase with the transfer of deed?
  • Is there a builder’s warranty on the property? What are the details of that warranty?
  • Will there be additional structures built around the property that could distort the view?

Outside

  • What is the level of ground maintenance that will be required?
  • Are there any structural anomalies or problems with the outside area of the property?

Inside

  • Are the appliances built in?
  • Is there adequate insulation?
  • What improvements / additions has the homeowner made to the property since purchase?
  • What appliances is the seller offering in the sale?

Major Systems

  • What is the age and condition of each major system in the home (plumbing, electrical, heating & cooling)?
  • What type of fuel is the home heated with?
  • What is the average monthly utility costs? What are the winter and summer highs and lows?