Things to Look For When Viewing a Home

Things to Look For When Viewing a Home

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Fuel

What runs the home? Is there a propane tank or natural gas? If there is propane, is the tank owned or leased and if so, by whom? Do I want propane included in the purchase price?

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Waterfront

Is it on water? If so, has the listing agent  checked to see if it is located in a flood plain? How deep is it at the end of the pier? What kind of shoreline does it have?

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Utilities / Internet

As a buyer you can contact local companies for averages.

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Septic

How old is the septic? What type and size is it? Is it in the maintenance program?

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ADDITIONS & UPDATES

Any improvements or renovations made since the home was last purchased?

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Basement

Be certain to look and smell for moisture in the basement.

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Windows

Be certain to look at the windows. Are they original?

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Construction

Do you know what type of construction it is? This can be important for financing.

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LOT LINES

Survey, corners, zoning, etc. Is there a recent survey on file?

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Well

Is it a drilled or point driven well? If applicable, this is very important for financing.

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Mechanicals

Heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, etc. Do we know the age of any of the components?

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Treatments

Are all the fixtures and window treatments remaining?

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Ceiling & Fixtures

Remember to look up!

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Roof

Make sure to look at the roof.

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Fireplace

If there is a fireplace, has it been used recently?

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Plumbing

Be certain to look at the plumbing.

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Access Road

Is there a shared drive or easement road? If so, be certain to ask if there is a road maintenance agreement and how expenses are shared. This is also important for financing.

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Storage

Kitchen-storage and space for “stuff”. Are the storage units fixed or movable?