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The 9 essential questions to have to ask when buying a house

The 9 essential questions to have to ask when buying a house

Buying a home can be a daunting experience - particularly for those going through the process for the first time.

Knowing the right questions to ask can sometimes be confusing in what for some may already be an uncertain process.

But buyers can make an informed and confident decision if they are armed with the correct facts.

Here are nine questions that could save you time, money and stop you from worrying about making the right choice. It always pays to be well-informed and these questions should help you get the answers you need to make the right investment.

  • What is the position of the sellers? It is vital to know if the sellers are serious or toe-dippers. If they are in a hurry to sell then it may be easier to negotiate with them.
  • What is included in the sale? Through your agent, try to ensure the sellers have an inventory that sets out their intentions surrounding fixtures and fittings - from curtain poles and carpets to garden ornaments.
  • Does the property have its own private drainage, and who will be responsible in the event of environmental damage or spillage onto private land?
  • Is the house listed and/or does it stand in a conservation area? This is important to know if you are planning an extension or even want to paint the outside of the property a particular colour in the future.
  • Which way does the house face? It may seem trivial but if you like early morning and evening sun, an east/west facing house might suit - but a south facing garden may appeal more to those with green fingers.
  • What is your legal right of way? Check to see if the house has a shared driveway and what the implications are, as well as where the boundaries of the property lie.
  • What are the neighbours like? Visit the property at different times of the day to try and monitor what’s happening at nearby houses - barking dogs or trampolines in the back garden could signal noise or unwanted disruption.
  • What is the minimum a seller will accept and what offers have they had so far?
  • When do the sellers have to move out? Have they found another home? This information will help you plan the timings of your move or discount the property if the move will take far longer than you hoped. Also find out if the property is in a chain – if it is that could also influence how keen the sellers are to move and therefore, what offer they may accept.

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