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Questions to ask at an ‘open house’ that can save you money

Are you in the process of house hunting in Perth?

This is an exciting phase of the property journey! An inevitable part of house hunting is the exciting open house inspections. 

With open house inspections, it can be easy to get overwhelmed, as there is a lot to see with a limited amount of time. Don’t worry, we here at Inspect My Property have created a list of questions that you should ask to ensure you save money and make the most out of your open house visits. 


Why is the owner selling the house? 


Asking the question can paint a clearer picture of what is going on with the house. You may uncover something that doesn’t align with you. It could be because development in the area will obstruct the property’s view. Or perhaps something has happened in the home that makes you feel uncomfortable residing in it. It is definitely worth asking this question right off the bat. 


How long has the property been on the market for?


This is a worthwhile question to ask as if the property has been on the market for a long time, it might indicate that the price is too high. Knowing how long a property has been on the market is useful to know in case the owners are willing to settle on a lower price.


What are the known issues of the home?


It is a legal obligation for the real estate agent to tell you if there are any known issues when selling a home. So enquiring is definitely warranted. However, if you go to the next stage, you will need to engage a Perth building inspector to see what issues exist within the property. You can chat to us about this. 

When was the house built?


Uncover the past to protect your future. Finding out the right age of the property can reveal a lot. From asbestos, and coats of paint to underlining renovation needs. We recommend you ask the agent when the home was built to gauge what expenses you may have coming up, should you acquire this home.

What are the future developments in the area (if any)?


You aren’t just buying for today, you are buying for tomorrow too. It is important to know what future developments are in store for the area. Things like schools, shopping centres and streetscapes could be in your suburb’s pipeline. It is better to know upfront what is in store, that way you can make a decision if the future of the area is right for you. 

You can entrust our team to complete thorough building inspections in Perth. It is our priority that you get the maximum value out of a home, and we take your Perth home building inspection incredibly seriously.  Book an appointment, and let’s chat with us today about our Perth home building inspection services, and how we can bring clarity to your property journey.