Buying a property Checklist

Buying a home can be very stressful. In fact, it can be a full-time job. For many people, it makes sense to hire an expert to handle the time-consuming tasks and the nitty-gritty details. Real estate agents can take work off your hands and also help you get a better deal.

There’s is a lot to consider when buying property: property type, location, freehold or leasehold, number and size of rooms, parking facilities and whether you want a garden. Also you need to consider working out what your budget is, sorting out bond approvals, choosing an estate agent and finding a solicitor.

With so much on your mind, It can all feel rather overwhelming, so how how do you ensure that you ask your estate agent the most important questions about any property you are seriously considering purchasing?

Here are the questions to ask the estate agent when buying a house?

What’s the area like?

Are there any other similar properties in the area for sale and what are their asking prices?

What is included in the price? For example, curtains, carpets, cooker and other appliances. 

How flexible is the seller on the asking price?

How long has the property been on the market?

Why is the seller selling?

Are they keen to get a quick sale?

Has there been much interest in the property?

When was the property built?

Has the property been altered in any way? For example, kitchen extension, attic conversion. 

Has the roof been repaired or replaced since the property was built?

Have any of the rooms been decorated recently? If so, why?

What improvements do you  need to make?

Is the property insulated?

What kind of parking is available?

Are there any proposed developments in the area?

How much is the property tax? And how much are utility bills?

While the answers might scare you off or make you rethink your bid, they could make you feel more confident that you're making the right move on the right house.