10 Must-Ask Questions when Moving House
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Moving home is a mine field.
Whether renting or buying, it’s almost uncommon to hear of a move that didn’t churn up some form of unforeseen, logistical nightmare for its new arrivals. From turning up to empty home that you thought was fully furnished, to being unable to find the stop cock when threatened by a sudden leak, not getting all the necessary information up front can wreak havoc for months to come. As well as countless sleepless nights, spent asking yourself, ‘why didn’t I know that in the first place?’
But what questions should you be asking up front to avoid these nightmare situations?
Whilst you may have a scribbled list of things to ask crumpled at the bottom of your bag, narrowing down what you need to ask can be a difficult task, especially if you’re a first time buyer or new renter. In addition, remembering to ask those questions can be equally as tricky, not helped by the fact that you’re probably on your twelfth viewing in two days and in serious need of some sleep.
At buzzmove, we understand how stressful the moving process, that’s why we’ve put together our ‘Top 10 Questions to Ask’ to ensure things run as smoothly as possible down the line.
Read on to find out more and leave your must-ask questions in the comments below:
Has the house had any major building work recently?
Whilst undertaking a structural survey will highlight any recent work that has been carried out, as well as potential issues, enquiring about any recent building works or renovations will help you identify problems far earlier in your property search.
In addition, make sure to see evidence of any planning permission or submitted applications for any extensions, alterations or outbuildings. As if these have been carried out without the required go ahead, any new homeowner will be legally required to tear them down, a surprise you do not want to have to deal with.
How long has the house been on the market?
Whilst selling a property does take time, being aware of how long a house has been on the market can be a real clue to any underlying problems.
If a property has been available for more than three months, you may want to ask the owners or estate agent exactly why this is. While it may be a result of a slow market or low demand area, problems such a building issues, poor transport links or overpricing could also be at play.
Therefore, asking this question can make sure you aren’t overlooking an issue that has deterred months’ worth of potential buyers and prevent any nasty surprises further down the line.
Why are the previous owners moving?
Once again, this question can help identify any potential issues with the property or area prior to making a commitment. If the current owners are moving because of a problem with the home, you should be worried. Whilst it may be an easy to fix issue that the current owners want to forget about, it could be a complex issue that requires a lot of time and money to put right, leaving you high and dry if contracts have been exchanged.
Is there room for negotiation?
Although it may seem rude to ask, bringing up the possibility for negotiation can save you a lot of money further down the line. Especially if you looking at a property that has been on the market for a long time or has owners that are counting down to their own move date, reductions in price are often not out of the question in exchange for a fast turnaround.
What’s included in the sale?
Knowing how much you’re getting for your money is vital when forming an opinion of a property. Are the fixtures and fittings included? The garden shed? The furniture?
Having to fork out on a whole house worth of new stuff will certainly come as a nasty surprise if you were expecting a fully furnished home. Therefore, ask the question up front to ensure you know exactly what you’re signing up for.
Can I try the taps?
As with most purchases, the phrase ‘try before you buy’ is vital mantra when it comes to the dreaded property hunt. This is especially true when it comes to rental properties, where maintenance standards can fall to the wayside, leaving you stuck with broken appliances or faulty utility systems.
One of the most prevalent of these potentially broken systems is plumbing, whether it be issues with water pressure, temperature or simply liquid coming out in the first place. Not only is this an extremely annoying and alarming problem to encounter, but one that could take a lot of time, money and work to put right (especially if you’re waiting on a landlord to fix them.) Therefore, why not save yourself some potential heartache, and make sure to check all the taps well ahead of time.
Who do I talk to about repairs?
Whilst it may seem like a simple process, understanding the repairs process of a potential property is vital in ensuring smooth sailing down the line. Therefore, it’s important to ask who you need to contact and how to contact them, plus any additional framework in places for carrying out repairs or additional timelines.
What days are the bins collected?
Taking the bins out is one of the tedious inconveniences of modern life. Especially for those living with flatmates, the debate of who’s turn it is to remove the rubbish is a constant narrative throughout your tenancy.
Whilst knowing what day the bins will be collecting won’t end this argument, it does make life that much easier when it comes to moving in.
Is there parking?
Although not all of us own a car, understanding the parking facilities of a potential property can be extremely useful, especially when it come to moving in day.
Whilst resident parking will often be available for rental properties, these spaces often come at a monthly fee. This is worth noting if you do not want to use the space daily but would like to be able to use it for visits from friends and family.
In addition, taking note of the on-street parking situation can be useful if a dedicated parking space is not available. If the nearest spot for you car is miles away from your front door you may want to re-think things.
Which company supplies the energy, internet and utilities?
Electricity, internet and utilities are the things that make modern life what it is today, from hot showers to fast internet, we’ve all become accustomed to the comfort they provide.
Whilst it will probably fall under your landlord’s responsibility to resolve any issues regarding these services, knowing exactly who they are talking to will provide you with a much needed safety net if things go wrong.
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Published at Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:59 +0000