Things to Look For When Viewing a Home
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?
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?
Utilities / Internet
As a buyer you can contact local companies for averages.
How old is the septic? What type and size is it? Is it in the maintenance program?
ADDITIONS & UPDATES
Any improvements or renovations made since the home was last purchased?
Be certain to look and smell for moisture in the basement.
Be certain to look at the windows. Are they original?
Do you know what type of construction it is? This can be important for financing.
Survey, corners, zoning, etc. Is there a recent survey on file?
Is it a drilled or point driven well? If applicable, this is very important for financing.
Heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, etc. Do we know the age of any of the components?
Are all the fixtures and window treatments remaining?
Ceiling & Fixtures
Remember to look up!
Make sure to look at the roof.
If there is a fireplace, has it been used recently?
Be certain to look at the plumbing.
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.
Kitchen-storage and space for “stuff”. Are the storage units fixed or movable?