If you’re buying a home in Washtenaw County or Jackson County, there are a few things you want to ask the seller first. They can save you big bucks – and a big headache – down the road.
Buying a Home? Ask These Questions First
Check out these questions you should ask before you buy a home:
- Is the home on a flood plain?
- Is the home susceptible to other natural disasters?
- Does the house have a history of insurance claims?
- What kinds of hazards does the house pose that a home inspector might not look for?
- Are there any problems with the house? Have there been problems with the house in the past?
Here’s a closer look at each question.
#1. Is the home on a floodplain?
Every state has different laws about what sellers are required to tell buyers, but you can look on FEMA’s floodplain map to find out whether the address is susceptible to flooding.
#2. Is the home susceptible to other natural disasters?
If there’s anything you need to know – like about a room that the previous owner added without a permit – about a house, the time to ask is before you sign the dotted line.
#3. Does the house have a history of insurance claims?
You always want to know what types of issues the previous homeowners encountered – and if they needed to call on their insurer to repair damage.
#4. What kinds of hazards does the house pose that a home inspector might not look for?
Inspectors look at a lot – but they don’t look at everything. Asking about hazards puts the seller or the seller’s agent on the spot, but it’s one way to make sure you know as much as possible about the home.
#5. Are there any problems with the house? Have there been problems with the house in the past?
Again, putting the seller or the seller’s agent on the spot might be a little uncomfortable, but it’s important that you ask. You have to make an informed decision – buying a home is a huge investment – so it’s in your best interest to ask tough questions.
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