When buying a country house or plot, you need to be well versed in matters of construction and law, because if you do not take into account any nuance, there is a risk of facing a lot of problems, including material losses. Therefore, if you decide to buy a house in Houston, you should be careful and follow the following rules.

A reasonable decision is to draw up a plan for upcoming events, then you will definitely not forget anything, specifying the parameters of the building and the area adjacent to it. Be sure to listen to the advice of house buyers in Houston on what nuances the buyer will have to take into account, what to look for.

Questions to ask the seller to get the information you need

So, you have found your favorite house option in the advertisement. Consider how to ask questions correctly in order to get as much information as possible about the property of interest.

1. Where is the house located?

The first thing is the location of the cottage. It is advisable to find out which particular area, street, area, number of floors with porcelain tiles and rooms.

Ask if there are additional extensions to the proposed cottage, for example, gazebos, a swimming pool, etc. Try to find out as much information as possible about the area and the house itself.

2. What is its condition?

Regarding the condition of the house, you can ask, for example, questions such as:

  • Are all engineering communications in the house working?
  • How far from the cottage is a supermarket, medical center, school, etc.?
  • What is the history of the house? When was it built, how often was it used, how many people lived and live in it now?

Then find out if the house needs repairs. Ask specifically about each detail so you know the scope of future repairs. If repairs have already been carried out, then find out in which particular areas of the house, whether the work was completed and how long ago it was carried out.

Ask how long ago the electrical wiring and water pipes changed. Be sure to find out about the health of the bathrooms. And, when meeting at the show, be sure to inspect everything visually, first of all, for cracks, leaks, stains, and other characteristic signs of poor-quality construction.

3. What is a reason for selling?

After you have found out all the information about the house and the area with modern fences, find out the reason why the owner is forced to sell it. This plays a big role in future negotiations.

Try to find out as accurately as possible about the specific reason for the sale, whether it is the need for money for expensive treatment or moving to another city or country. The most important thing is that the reason should be really weighty and plausible, and not cause you any doubts even before the inspection of the cottage.

4. What is the price?

Not all sellers are ready to discuss financial aspects over the phone. Therefore, most often such questions are asked already at a meeting, after inspecting the house.

But before you start bargaining, you should ask the seller a few questions that will allow you to understand what hidden costs can “fall on your shoulders” in the case of this transaction.

How to ask questions to a house seller?

This is of course not a complete list. Do not be afraid to ask questions that interest you, but do not be rude, ask questions clearly, distinctly, and competently so that the interlocutor understands you. Try to ask questions sequentially and not jump from one thought to another.

Listen to every word of the seller and pay attention to how he responds to your questions. If, after talking with the seller, you have a good impression of him and this house, then you can proceed to the next steps – checking documents and drawing up a contract.

Kimberly Tran

Kimberly Tran brings a wealth of knowledge from her 15 years in architecture and urban planning. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master's in Urban Planning. She began her career in a top architectural firm before transitioning to property development. Joining our team in 2020, she has since been a driving force in exploring innovative living spaces. Kimberly balances her professional life with a passion for landscape photography and volunteering in community redevelopment programs.

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