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The most important questions

  1. What essentials need replacements and repairs?
  2. How much would you change and what would it cost?
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Current owners

  1. What is their favorite part of the house?
  2. What upgrades have they made themself?
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Roof

  1. Are there any immediate fixes and repairs required?
  2. Is there any history of damages?
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Paint

  1. Does the owner have all the paint codes both for the interior and exterior?
  2. Have any dangerous paints been used (i.e. lead paint)?
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Electricals

  1. When was the last time the house wiring was checked by a professional?
  2. Have the owner had issues with light bulbs needing replacement at an unusual frequency?
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Plumbing

  1. Has there been any history of leaks in the pipes or other areas?
  2. How old is the water heater?
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Pool

  1. Is there any history of leaks?
  2. Does the pool need any major overhaul or repairs in the foreseeable future?
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Previous owners

  1. Home many owners have the house had?
  2. Have there ever been issues or disputes between the current and previous owners?
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Purchase contract

  1. Which fixtures and appliances are included in the sale and which are excluded?
  2. Does the contract include a loan contingency clause?
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Insurance

  1. What kind of homeowner's insurance are you planning on getting?
  2. Is it possible to get transactional insurance that will cover you in case there are faults on the property that neither you or the seller was aware of?
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Other inspection items

  1. Has the property been inspected for lead-based paint?
  2. Has the property been inspected and tested for radon gas?
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Mortgage financing

  1. What will the banks' appraisal be vs. the sales price?
  2. How much down payment is required to get a mortgage?
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Nuisances

  1. Are there any low-frequency noises?
  2. Are there any building nearby making periodically loud noises (church bells, mosques, fire stations, etc.)
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Air condition

  1. When was the last time the air conditioner was serviced?
  2. How much does it cost to keep the air condition system running?
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Foundation

  1. Are there any visible exterior cracks?
  2. Are there any large trees with roots close to the foundations?
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Garage

  1. Who has been servicing the garage port?
  2. Does storage equipment (shelvings etc.) come with the house?
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Built-in wardrobes and storage

  1. Does the house come with any built-in wardrobes and/or storage?
  2. Were those units built-in during constructions or added later on?
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Selling the house again

  1. What will be the most difficult thing about selling the house again?
  2. What would you have to sell the house for again to break even the both buying and selling transaction costs?
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Other mechanical systems

  1. Are there any self-made mechanical system?
  2. Are there any mechanical systems that are not working?
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Other questions

  1. Are there any add-on's or buildings on the property that are illegal or not approved?
  2. What would happen if sea levels rose 2 meters?
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