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How well do you know YOUR OWN HOME ?? 40 things a realtor will ask you

Tuesday Feb 04th, 2020

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If you were suddenly on your own, could you answer these 40 questions when you are ready to list your property for sale?    Talk about it and be prepared.

  • How old is the house?
  • Do you have a survey?
    • If so, how old is the survey and does it show all structures?
  • Is there any kind of encroachment or easement that you’re aware of?
  • Do you know the square footage of the house?
  • How old is your furnace/air conditioner?
    • Can you share maintenance records?
  • When were the roof shingles last replaced?
  • Are the windows updated or original?
  • Were permits provided for any additions, decks or major renovations?
  • Have you added insulation post-construction?
  • Is your hydro panel updated or aluminum/knob and tube?
  • If you have a wood fireplace, do you have a WETT certificate?
  • Is there a sump pump and is the pump in working order?
  • What do you know about outside water drainage systems that may not be visible?
  • Is there a back-up battery for the sump pump in case of power outage?
  • Do you have a poured concrete or concrete block foundation?
  • Do you own or rent your hot water tank/water softener/furnace?
  • Are you under contract with a security company?
  • Have you looked into any penalties you may incur when discharging your mortgage?

For Rural properties….

  • What can you tell me about your well?
    • How old is it?
    • Is it drilled, dug or bored? 
    • Do you have maintenance records for it?
  • Do you have a secondary grey water tank somewhere?
  • What can you tell me about your septic tank and tile bed?
    • How old are they?
    • When was the tank last pumped?
    • Do you have maintenance records for it?
    • Were permits obtained to install them?
  • Do you have buried cables that you are aware of?  
  • What an you tell me about your oil furnace?
    • How old is it?
    • How old is your oil tank? 
    • Do you have a valid green tag to receive home heating oil?
  • Is there strong internet available?
  • Is there cable TV in the neighborhood?
  • Are there any neighboring developments you are aware of that may affect sale price?
  • Where is the nearest school?  Are the children bussed there?

The better you are prepared with clear records and answers to these questions, the smoother the listing and selling of your property will be.  Keep records, share warranties, leave behind the kind of information you would want to know if you were moving into a new home:                                                                                                                  

  • What day is garbage day?
  • Where is my mail delivered?
  • Where can the best quality internet be found for the neighborhood
  • Is there a local reputable firewood supplier?
  • Is there a local reputable snow removal company?
  • Contact information for company that has serviced your well/septic
  • Contact information for local home heating oil delivery
  • Warranty paperwork for new shingles, windows, furnace or appliances

It’s most important for couples to share information about their homes with each other!   Tragedy can strike when it’s least expected!   Talk, share, record everthing!

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