Questions to Ask
There are many things to consider when selecting a home that’s right for you. If you haven’t already, you might wish to consider the following:
Is the home located close to your workplace or to schools/daycare for your children?
- Is public transportation an issue?
- Is the area increasing or decreasing in value?
- Do you have friends or family in the area?
- Are neighboring homes well kept?
- Are there professionals, such as doctors and dentists, nearby?
- Is there a playground in the area?
- What is the distance to the nearest hospital or fire station?
- Does the home you are looking at fit into your budget?
- Does the home meet requirements for number of rooms?
- Is there a garage?
- The home may be adequate now, but will it meet our needs in say 3 to 5 years?
- Does the home require immediate repairs?
- Will renovations be rquired to adapt the home for your use?
- Is the home ‘dated’ and in need of upgrades?
- What will all of this cost, and is it considered in our budget?
- Are heating systems adequate, and in good working order?
- Does the home have its own well and septic, or does it have municipal services?
- Have the grounds been well maintained?
- Are the grounds properly graded to provide good drainage?
- Have trees, shrubs or flowers been planted?
Other relevant information
- Are there any municipal charges outstanding?
- What is the zoning for the area? Is it likely to change?
- Why is the owner selling? Is there a problem with the home or neighborhood?
- How long has the home been on the market? This could also be an indication of a problem with either the home or the neighborhood. Closer examination might be called for.