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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

Looking for a new home is exciting. You are going to get to start a new adventure with your family. You already know what you’re looking for in the perfect home. Maybe you want a two-car garage, and a big office area. Perhaps you want a full basement and a big backyard. No matter what you’re looking for in your new home, there are a few questions that you need to ask before making a purchase.

If you don’t know what to ask when you start looking for a home, check out these three questions that will give you a lot of information about where you choose to move.

1. Where Does the Water Come From?

In most parts of the country, water comes from a municipal source. That means that it goes through a water treatment plant that is owned by the city or county you live in. Water from these areas usually comes from a large water source like a lake or a river. However, some places in the country still use wells for their water sourcing. These wells can be found on your property. The only issue with having well water is that it usually has metals in it. If your water comes from a well, you can always have it tested at water test labs. These labs can tell you whether or not your water is safe to drink.

2. How Old Are the Major Appliances?

Another great question to ask when you’re purchasing a home is how old the major appliances are. While appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, and stoves are relatively inexpensive to replace, some large appliances can cost you a lot of money. Specifically ask about the age of the water heater and the air conditioning unit. When considering the age of these larger appliances, consider how much it will cost to replace them. If they are over ten years old, you may have to have them replaced sooner rather than later. As a matter of fact, you want to make sure that you change your water heater before anything goes wrong with it. Flooding from broken water heaters can cause extensive damage that can be very expensive.

3. When Was it Updated?

Finally, ask when the home was last updated. That means, you want to know how long it has been since the pipes, studs, and electrical wiring has been inspected and updated. If it has been decades since these things were even looked at, you may want to pass on purchasing the home.

When it comes to buying a new home, make sure you ask about where the water comes from. If you find that you have issues with your water, contact water test labs in your area to have your water tested. Additionally, make sure you ask how old the large appliances are and when the house was last updated.

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