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Home Buying Tips - Questions You Should Ask About Each Room of a Home During Visits or Open Houses

Thursday, January 19, 2017   /   by Leah Kordenbrock

Home Buying Tips - Questions You Should Ask About Each Room of a Home During Visits or Open Houses

Frank Littrell Team REMAX - Showing a Home.jpgIt's easy to overlook things when you visit a home you may purchase. You start envisioning your future there sometimes without asking the probing questions you should ask before you make a major purchase. The following are some questions broken down room by room that you should ask the realtor during your visit or open house...

Questions to Ask About The Kitchen

  • When was the last remodel?
  • How old are the appliances?
  • Do all of the appliances work?
Know that on average refrigerators last 11 years; gas ranges, 16 years; electric ranges, 14 years; range hoods, 14 years; ovens, 14 years; and dishwashers, nine years.

Questions to Ask About the Living Room

  • How old if the flooring?
  • If carpet flooring then... What's under the carpet?
  • Is what's under the carpet in good shape?
Questions to Ask About the Bedrooms
  • What are the dimensions of each room? Will your furniture fit?
  • Measure the rooms yourself if the dimensions on the listing sheet feel unreliable.    

Questions to Ask About the Bathrooms

  • Does all the plumbing work? Test it!
  • Does the house have good water pressure? Test it!
  • Does the water heater work? Test it!
  • Are there any leaks? Look and test all facets!

Questions to Ask About the roof

  • When was the last new roof added?
  • What kind of roof is it?
Depending on roof type, a roof could last between 15 and 50-plus years. Asphalt shingles last 15 to 20 years; metal roofs last 20 to 40 years; wood shingle and shake roofs last between 20 to 30 years; and tile and slate roofs last 50 years or more.

Questions to Ask About an Add-on

  • Is it a legal addition? Has it passed all building inspections?
If it's not up to code or not a legal addition that it could be a show stopper!

Questions to Ask About the Yard

  • Where does the property line begin?
  • Where does the property line end?
  • How much land comes with the home?
  • Will the things in the yard be staying? ie. Shed, play equipment, etc.
  • What are the homeowners' association rules on fencing, pools, etc., if anything?

Questions to Ask About the House in General

  • Are any of the systems in the home covered by home warranty? ie. appliances, electrical, heating, air-conditioning plumbing, water heaters, etc.
  • What are the utility costs? Can I see some past bills?
  • Have the systems in the house been serviced regularly? Can I see the records?
Ask now before you own the problems! The walkthroughs and visits are setup so that you can ask questions about the property. Don't be shy!

It doesn't cost anything to sit down with us to learn more about the buying a home. 
 
Contact us (859-802-7000) for more information! 
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Leah updated pic.jpgLeah Kordenbrock, Frank Littrell Team
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Serving Northern Kentucky & Greater Cincinnati Areas
 
Specializing In Residential Resale, Buyer & Seller Representation, Investments, REO Properties
  • Licensed REALTOR in KY since 2014
  • Licensed REALTOR in OH since 2000
  • New Construction Sales Specialist
  • Active in all Greater Cincinnati Markets
  • REO Experience



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