25 Questions You Will Regret Not Asking Before Moving in to Your New House

Buying a new house is a thrilling and sometimes overwhelming process.  If you find what you believe to be your dream house, sometimes you get so excited that you forget to pay attention to important details.  You don’t want any unwanted surprises the day you move in, so it’s best to get all the important questions answered ahead of time.  Here are some things you’ll definitely want to know about your new house:

How old is the roof?

What are the monthly utility costs?

How big is the water heater?

How old are the appliances?

What are the schools like?

How loud are the neighbors?

Will your car fit in the garage?

What’s the water pressure like?

Have any pipes ever burst?

What is the condition of the gutters?

How old are the windows?

Have there been any new renovations lately?

How much insulation is in the attic?

Are any pets buried in the backyard?

Do all of the electrical outlets work?

Are you allowed to have a pool in the backyard?

What is the placement and condition of trees on the property?

Does the house smell like mildew?

What is the slope of the ground around the house?

Are there instruction manuals for electrical items, pumps or operating systems?

Where is the main water shutoff valve?

Does the garage door opener work?

When is garbage day and are there any restrictions?

Are there any street parking restrictions?

What is the repair history of the house?

A seller might not always be willing, or required, to answer all of your questions.  But that’s why it is so important to have a home inspection performed by a qualified, knowledgeable and certified inspector like Lakes Area Home Inspections.   We’ll look at all of the major and minor systems, both inside and outside of the house, and we can tell you about the current condition, as well as our opinion of how long it should last.  Some things might be a quick, DIY fix while others would require more time and money than you planned for.

We want all of our customers to be well-informed about a new house (and we even take extra time with first-time homebuyers who may have additional questions).  We’ll take you on the inspection with us so we can point out everything you should know (but didn’t know you should ask).  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to tell you how loud the neighbors are, but we can definitely check off some of the items on this list.  Contact us at 262-818-0911 or visit lahigroup.com for more information.

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