Questions to Ask When Searching for a Home…

Your Realtor® can get answers to these questions:

  • How long has this house been for sale?
  • Has the asking price been lowered?
  • Are there vacant/ lender-owned homes nearby? If so, how many?
  • How does this price compare to others nearby?
  • Will the house qualify for the financing I need (For instance, FHA or VA)?
  • Will the house qualify for the financing I need (For instance, FHA or VA)?
  • Is the seller willing to do needed repairs?
  • Is the seller willing to help with my closing costs?

You can learn these by observation:

  • Is the yard in good condition?
  • Are the neighbor’s yards in good condition?
  • How about their homes?
  • Will I need to make repairs or replace something before move-in?
  • Is the foundation solid?
  • Is the roof line straight?
  • Are there any signs of dampness on ceiling or walls?
  • Are the floors in the kitchen and bathrooms solid – or spongy?
  • Does the structure appear sound?

You’ll have to decide:

  • Does the home have any special features that I like / don’t like?
  • Do I like the floor plan?
  • Is there enough room for both living and storage?

If you ask enough questions you may learn:

  • Why are they selling?
  • Do they have time constraints?

Some of these notes will aid in your decision making, and some will aid in negotiations once you’ve chosen a home.