5 Things To Ask When Making an Offer
1. Which appliances and items will be left in the house?
There's nothing worse than a client thinking they're purchasing a home with a fridge and a washer and dryer. Then come to realize upon move-in, that the seller took it with them!
Make sure you talk to your Realtor about what you want in the house. Your Realtor can create a Bill of Sale for any personal items that are not considered fixtures (attached to the house).
3. How long do I have for inspections?
In my South Carolina market, we have 10 business days for a Due Diligence Period. The due diligence period begins the business day after the accepted contract is signed by both parties. Within that time, the buyer may hire inspectors and gather reports to determine if any repairs will be needed.
5. Do we need to have any contingencies?
There are a lot of different contingencies that could pertain to any transaction. Some of the most popular would occur if you need to sell your house first before buying another home.
Other contingencies could include asking for professional carpet cleaning, cleaning the pool, asking for any HOA transfer fees to be paid by the seller, or asking for the septic tank to be pumped. The list of possible contingencies is endless and may vary in different markets. Consult your Realtor about your specific situation.