If it matters to you as a home buyer don’t be scared to ask the questions. There are a few standard conditions that go into most purchase contracts, financing, home inspection, review of condo documents, but you can add whatever you like. If it matters to you, check it out.
You can ask the seller to verify (to the best of their knowledge) if someone has passed away inside the home. You can ask if the home has ever been used as a grow op. And you can ask to perform tests (usually at your own expense) if you’re concerned about asbestos, electromagnetic field testing, or the state of the chimney you can ask for these condition to be written into the offer.
Here are a few items you might want to consider:
- Air quality
- Plumbing inspection
- Radon testing
- Review of the real property report
- Engineering inspection
- Water – potability, source, quality, quantity, drainage
- Soil quality
- Sewer line inspection (important for older homes with mature trees)
- Environmental concerns
- Hazardous materials – asbestos, urea formaldehyde foam insulation
- Suitability for development
- Availability of property insurance
- Permits for renovations or improvements
- Pet approval (when moving into a condo)
You have the right to know what you’re buying so verify it. We’re not trying to scare your when buying a home but if it matters to you, it’s best to find out before you waive conditions and find out you have a large expense to remediate later.
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