Will You Have to Carry Out Any Renovations Relatively Soon?
Before buying a house, it’s important to know its age and if it has undergone any renovations. Find out, moreover, what work is needed to estimate any extra costs that you will have to pay over and above the residence’s purchase price. Inquire, for example, about the plumbing, the water heater, the state of the roof and exterior cladding.
Has There Been an Insurance Claim?
You must similarly confirm if a claim for damages has ever been submitted for the property. Has there been a fire or flood? Have tests revealed traces of asbestos or radon? Is mould present? Are there cracks in the foundation or structure? These are all excellent questions to ask.
Is the House Well Insulated?
Don’t underestimate the importance of insulation when acquiring a home because a poorly insulated building comes with high energy costs. As a matter of fact, you can find out how much the current owner is paying for Hydro-Québec’s services. Another relevant question is if the house is heated with electricity or gas. This is a vital consideration! Finally, how old are the windows and are they still airtight? You will equally want to know if the residence is well soundproofed.
Is Everything to Code?
Having to rewire an electrical system that does not adhere to the Régie du bâtiment’s norms costs a small fortune, so you’d better make sure that the one in place complies with building codes. Confirm that the electrical panel is in good condition as well. Are the pool and patio up to standards? These are just a few points to discuss.
What Does the Sale Include?
Before purchasing a new house, you must know its precise dimensions, its lot’s boundaries, the available parking spaces. You need to be aware of which, if any, of the residence’s fittings and fixtures are not part of the sale (such as the light fixtures) as well. Sometimes, homeowners exclude some of these components to allow for negotiation with potential buyers.