There are few things in life that are more exciting than moving into a home you just bought. We all know that each and every home and neighborhood has its own set of unique quirks and the seller is a wealth of information. Now, there is a lot of information that you are going to be soaking up from the seller’s disclosure, home inspector, and, eventually, the neighbors. But truth be told, there is nothing better than hearing about a home straight from someone who has been living there for several years. So, check out our list of questions that you should consider asking the seller about the house after closing.
Are there any special quirks about the house?
The home inspector will point out any oddities that are unsafe or devalue the house, but only someone who has lived there will have a handle on all the unique characteristics worth mentioning. For example, light switches in unexpected places, doors and windows that stick up or down, or even the neighborhood dog that, for some reason, really likes your backyard. These are questions that would be perfect to ask during the final walk-through.
Where is the water shut-off valve, circuit box, and more?
Hopefully, the home inspector will locate all of these things and point them out to the new buyer as part of educating them about their new house. But not all inspectors do that, so these are important safety questions. Ask the seller to show you not only the location of the valves, switches, and pumps but also how they work. If you are moving into an older home, chances are that many of the utility features will be unique in their operations, so, rather than fumble around, it is best to learn from the seller.
How is the neighborhood?
This is a great question to help establish rapport between buyer and seller, and it is also best asked near the end of the buying process. It is best to approach this question in a less formal, conversational manner. Normally, the good and the bad tumble out if approached this way.
If you are new to the area, it might also help if you ask the seller about their favorite stores to shop at and favorite places to eat.