Final Questions to Ask the Seller
There is a lot involved when buying a new home. Here are a few questions you will want to ask the sellers before they give you the keys to your new digs. Remembering these things will make settling into your new place a lot easier.
1. Do they have leftover paint? If you do not intend to repaint the entire house, it would be nice to know if they seller has any leftover paint. If they do not, perhaps they know the name of the color on the walls or can at least tell you what brand it is and where they bought it. Having leftovers will allow you to touch up without having to repaint the entire room.
2. Do they have instruction manuals or warranties on any of the appliances or other electrical items? If the refrigerator, stove, water heater, furnace, etc. are included with the home it would be nice to know if they are covered by a warranty and to have the instruction manual.
3. Where is the main water shut-off? Heaven forbid you were to have a pipe burst or some other plumbing issue, but just in case it is good to know where the main shut off is for the water. Knowing could save you water damage (and a higher water bill) should you ever have a water problem.
4. Where did the tiles, floors and cabinets come from? If the kitchen and or bathroom has tiles, it would be nice to know if there are extras in case one should crack. If there aren’t extras it would be nice to know where they came from so you could buy a replacement. The same is true for any hardwood, laminate or linoleum flooring and the bathroom and kitchen cabinets as well.
5. Do any surfaces in the house need special cleaning products? Hardwood floors, granite countertops, other surfaces might need to be cleaned with a special product; it would be good to find that out up front.
6. Where are the gas and electricity meters, the thermostat and breaker box located? Sometimes the location of the meter, thermostat and electrical breaker box are obvious. In other properties they are not. Instead of having to search high and low, you can save yourself some time and hassle by asking the sellers where these things are located.
There you have it. The average home seller wants to be helpful, and wants their home’s buyer to be happy, so if you are not afraid to ask a few strategic questions - you can save yourself untold amounts of research, time and energy.