Spring is in the air and while it means many things -flowers, sunshine, shorts, camping, etc., spring also means the arrival of the busy season for real estate. If you’re thinking of buying a home, we’ve got a list of some questions you may or may not know to ask, but are the answers are important.
What are the monthly utility costs?
You might have found the perfect house that’s just a little over budget, but it shouldn’t hurt much -right? Maybe not, but you need to make sure you asks all the questions that could reveal any hidden current or future cost. Always ask about the cost of utilities followed by how old are the a/c and heating unit, refrigerator and other larger appliances. Be sure to ask what kind of energy source each appliance uses, such as if the heat is gas or electric. Finally, ask if they have the owner’s manual and anything is under warranty. If there is a warranty, be sure to get the papers.
How much insulation is in the attic?
Speaking of cost, insulation levels play a large role in your cost of utilities. Along with sealing air leaks and weatherstripping around the doors and windows, adding insulation is one of the best ways to keep your house cozy and your bills lower.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a minimum of 11 inches for attic insulation. If the previous owner is unsure, simply step into the attic and use a measuring tape.
Does the home have a septic tank? If yes, when was the last time it was pumpe
It’s not the first thing you want to think about but an overflowing septic tank is not something you want to experience when you first move into your new home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Association, septic tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years.
Need someone to work with or ask questions?
Kurt and Sheila Johnson of Keller Williams (kurtandsheliateam.com) wrote a great article on page 25 of this month’s issue. They’ve been serving Cherokee County for more than 10 years and know the ropes of our community. Give them a call or shoot them an email, they’ll be happy to help you out.