Home Buyers: 5 Commonly Overlooked Questions

In the excitement of finding a house that seems perfect for their needs, many home buyers forget to ask some important questions about the property and area. When you’re looking a home, don’t forget to ask these commonly overlooked questions.

What is the Neighborhood Like?

Buying a home is about more than just buying four walls and a roof. You’re also buying into the neighborhood around it. Take the time to explore the area and interview neighbors, if possible. Ask about the crime rate, the noise and the presence of children and pets.

What’s the Seller’s Disclosure?

Once upon a time, it was buyer beware when it came to purchasing a home. These days, sellers need to fill out a seller’s disclosure, which reveals any repairs made to the house, any issues with termites or water damage, and the presence of lead-based paint, among other things. Always ask to see the seller’s disclosure when you’re looking at a home.

Why are the Sellers Selling?

Take the time to find out why the people putting the house up for sale are trying to sell it. In some cases, it might just be that they are downsizing or moving for work. In other cases, it could be because of a negative feature in the house or neighborhood.

Has the House Been Tested and Inspected?

When you’re seriously considering a house, you’ll want to arrange for an independent inspection. It’s also worth your while to ask about any tests for mold or radon in the home and to ask about the house’s smoke alarms. Incorrectly installed smoke alarms or smoke alarms that don’t work can be a danger.

What is the Zoning?

If you’re interested in make changes to the house, you’ll need to find out what the zoning guidelines are, before you buy. For example, it’s essential to find out if you can add an additional floor or deck to the structure before you make the purchase.

Whether you’re buying your first home or not, asking the right questions can help you avoid a mistake. In Lafayette and Contra Costa county, contact real estate agent Cary Amo with any questions you have!

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