Questions to Ask the Seller's Agent

Questions to Ask the Seller's Agent. Congratulations! Moving to a new home is a big step; buying that home as an investment in your family’s future is an even bigger one. Whether you’re still in the information-gathering stages of your home purchase, or if you’re researching moving companies as you prepare for the big move, you’re one step closer to finally being home.

Questions-To-Ask-The-SellerCongratulations! Moving to a new home is a big step; buying that home as an investment in your family’s future is an even bigger one. Whether you’re still in the information-gathering stages of your home purchase, or if you’re researching moving companies as you prepare for the big move, you’re one step closer to finally being home.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to feel confident in your home purchase, which is why it’s a good idea to do your research and ask the right questions ahead of time. If you’ve found a home you’re interested in, don’t make a move until you’ve discovered the answers to these important questions.

Why are you moving/selling? This might seem like a personal question—and it is—but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important one. Some answers (like wanting a better school district or heavy commuting traffic) might be red flags, while others (like a new job requiring their immediate relocation) might give you more bargaining room.

How long has the home been on the market? This information is usually accessible through your agent (or online), but ask anyway. A home that’s been on the market for a long time is often more open to negotiation, and a seller who lies about how long it’s been available may have something to hide.

What comes with the home? Not everything you see in a home for sale comes with it. While you can reasonably (and legally) assume you get all the fixtures and outbuildings, things like great staging furniture, outdoor play equipment, and built-in entertainment systems may not be included. Most of the time, you can bargain for these types of items and include them in the price…as long as you get the deal in writing.

What are the neighbors like? Although this tends to be more opinion than fact, it’s a good question to ask. Nothing sets the tone for a community like the people living there, and it’s nice to know what you’re getting into ahead of time. You can also ask if it would be possible to talk to the neighbors to get their firsthand opinion.

What repairs/upgrades have you done? Depending on how long someone has lived in the home (another good question to ask), they may have done no more than slap up a coat of paint, or they may have updated every electrical and plumbing system in the place. Discover what the homeowner has done as well as whether or not the work was permitted.

What are your average monthly utility costs? Things like electricity, heating and cooling, garbage, and water all come with monthly bills, and these should be factored into your budget. These types of questions can also help you determine if maybe a home’s heating system isn’t quite as efficient as it looks on paper.

What will you miss most about the home? This question is a great one to ask if you want to get a real feel for the personality of a home. Even the oldest and most inconveniently situated houses hold fond memories, and you may be surprised what kind of uncovered treasures and experiences await you in your new residence.

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