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What questions should i ask when buying a home?

DH and i are looking to buy our first home and i am looking for advise on what i should be sure to ask?

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Asked by NorCal_3 at 1:56 PM on May. 22, 2012 in Home & Garden

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  • How old is the roof/windows...
    How does the local school rate...
    Does it have a soundproof basement...

    Answer by ABeaverhausen at 2:01 PM on May. 22, 2012

  • Does it come with a sex swing?

    Answer by onelove1982 at 2:05 PM on May. 22, 2012

  • I'm going to be asking about ghost activity when we buy,not kidding

    How old is the furnace/central air,roof,water heater,windows. Ever had flood damage or fire damage
    how much are property taxes

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:11 PM on May. 22, 2012

  • How does the school district rate?
    Is the house termite bonded?
    Did anyone die there? (has to be disclosed, no kidding)
    City sewers or septic tank?
    Crime levels in the area?
    Traffic levels?
    Distance to hospitals, major highways, grocery stores, etc?
    Any restrictions if you buy in a planned neighborhood? HOA dues?
    Is this a flood zone? Other insurance adds to know about?
    Any homeowners warranties still available?
    What is the eagerness of the seller? Is it a short sell or possible foreclosure (these take forever!)

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 2:21 PM on May. 22, 2012

  • Most of what you'll need to know will be on the listing sheet, so pay close attention to the type of heat, the type of air conditioning, the school district (and research the schools on your own so you know you want to send your kids there), if it's in an HOA or has SIDS or LIDS, if it's in a flood zone, if it's city water and sewer or well and septic, etc. All of that will be on the listing sheet. When you go to the property, run the water to check water pressure and make sure there is no odd smells coming off the water or out of the drains (that could mean a break somewhere in the lines, which is very expensive to fix). Look for water stains on the ceilings and any cracks in the walls or around the windows and doors. Ask how old all the appliances are and if the house comes with a warranty. Make sure you get an inspection.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 2:41 PM on May. 22, 2012

  • Most of what you need to know about the house will be on the listing sheet and confirmed by a property inspection by a professional.

    I would make sure to visit the schools not just rely on ratings.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 3:31 PM on May. 22, 2012

  • Call 211 and give them your zip code tell them you need a First Time Buyers seminar which are free and run by HUD Good Luck

    Answer by booklover545 at 3:11 PM on May. 30, 2012

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