August 24, 2018 | Barb Huntley
How old is the roof? – Everyone wants a roof over their head, right? And they definitely want one that’s in good condition. A roof that needs repairs will end up costing you at least a couple extra thousand to get fixed. So, it’s important to know how old the roof is to determine if you will need to have it replaced shortly after living there.

Why are the owners selling? – This is seeming like a personal question, but it is okay to ask. If they are selling because they are relocating that doesn’t affect you at all, but if they are deciding to sell because of the quality of the home, you should ask questions to understand what quality problems are of concern to them.

What are the condition and age of the heating and cooling systems? – In Alaska, the heating system is the most important. You’ll want to know the quality and condition of the heating system, so you can budget if it will need to be upgraded while you are living there.

What is the neighborhood like? – The community surrounding your new home is one of the most important factors that influence your happiness in your new area. Ask what the neighborhood is like, the demographics of the neighbors, how close it is to local parks and shops, and what schools kids usually attend in the neighborhood.

The answers to these questions will help you determine if the house you are looking at is a front runner choice for next home. 


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