3 Questions You Never Forget to Ask Before Buying A Home
So you’ve just found what you consider to be the perfect home – it’s in a great neighborhood, has plenty of storage space, and boasts that two-car garage you’ve always wanted. While you might be tempted to act quickly and sign for it immediately, keep in mind just how massive of a decision it is to buy a house.
You want to make sure that everything about the house is in working order and won’t leave you with endless headaches through the years. The key to getting the right information about a house before buying it is simple – just ask!
Realtors are very helpful and knowledgeable about the homes they sell, especially the friendly people at Lifestyle Homes!
Let’s explore some essential questions you should never forget to ask before buying a home.
How Much Insulation Is In the Attic?
A well-insulated home is an efficient home. If you value a comfortable home, then you want to make sure that there is ample insulation in the attic of the home you are considering.
If possible, ask if you can take a look at the attic to see the insulation situation for yourself. This will also give you a chance to see what amount of storage space you will have up there as well. Considering an insulation upgrade can cost up to $1500, it is best to know if an upgrade will be required before you purchase the home.
How Old Is the Roof?
The average asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 15-20 years before needing to be replaced. Knowing the age of the roof is very important because it gives you an idea of how long you will be able to live underneath it before it needs to be replaced; the average cost of a roof replacement is around $20,000.
If the age of the roof is unknown, then you should look for bare spots, missing or cracked shingles, and exposed roofing nails. These are all signs that a roof will need to be replaced within 4-7 years.
How Much Do Monthly Utilities Usually Cost?
You can determine how efficient a home really is by asking how much you can expect to pay each month for utilities. This will give you an opportunity to budget for the monthly expenses ahead of time, as well as a chance to determine problem areas that might be able to be fixed with an upgrade, such as LED light bulbs or new windows.
This is also a chance to find out which types of energy sources power the appliances of the home, such as natural gas or electrical stoves.
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