When you’ve been through the often drawn-out process of buying a home, you’re keen to move in as soon as possible.
But, this can lead to homebuyers forgetting the basics. Speaking to the people who owned the property before you is a great idea. It’ll give you an insight into the property that the Estate Agent or any number of surveys can’t.
With that in mind, I’m sharing my top 6 questions that you should ask the previous owner of your new home.
Where’s the main stopcock?
Important for various reasons. Identifying where the stopcock is so you can shut off the water might come in handy one day. Burst pipes are a lot more common than you might give them credit for. By knowing how to shut off the water, you’ll evade the moments of panic that a burst pipe brings with it.
Where are the gas and electricity meters?
No matter where you’re moving, you’ll need to set up an account with an energy company. One of the first things they’ll ask you for is a meter reading. Of course, properties come in all shapes and sizes, so finding your meter can be like navigating a maze. Getting the low down from the previous owner will save you valuable time.
What day are the bins collected?
Moving into a new home brings a surprising amount of waste. You’ll have the boxes you used to move your stuff, used cleaning products and even empty paint cans. The last thing you want is to miss your first bin day. Plan ahead and you’ll make the process easier for everyone involved.
Do you have any leftover paint that matches the colour of the walls?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve scuffed a wall. If you’re a clumsy person like me, having a few cans of paint will be a lifesaver. A tin of paint that matches your walls is a great idea. What’s more, the previous owners might have leftovers from when they first painted. So it could end up saving you a few quid.
Who supplies the energy and broadband?
There are so many service companies out there to choose from. Loyalty to a company like that only ends up with one winner – the company themselves. Find out who the previous owner uses, get some idea of costs and then shop around.
With that in mind, I recommend that you do some comparisons when you move to a new place. It’ll ey, and you might be able to take advantage of some nifty new customer offers, too.
Do you have any warranties on electrical/gas appliances?
Knowing how to use the appliances in your new home is a no brainer. In the same vein, knowing if you’re covered by a warranty for things like the boiler can end up saving you a lot of money.
This is a brief insight into the useful information you can get from the previous owner of your new home. There are lots of other questions you could ask, too. I encourage you to make a list at the start of your property search, which will come in handy when you finally move.
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