A list of things you should ask about.
In the search for the dream house there is a lot to be voted for to finally become yours.
The first thing you have to do is find out if it’s in good condition as you’ve got an impression of from the housing ad and the prospect.
It’s on view you first find out if this is actually a potential accommodation for you or not.
Much can look and feel perfect first, and maybe you throw yourself into the bidding round without blinking.
However, there may be more things that are not as they should – which can be difficult to notice at first glance.
Therefore, we’ve made a list of things you should ask about and what you should specifically look for in pursuit of your new home.
Do not hesitate to ask questions
Before viewing, read the ad carefully and feel free to book a prospect before you go there. It can save you a lot of time.
– Doing that, you do not have to waste time looking at homes that, in the case of closer inspection, are not relevant anyway, says Lars Erik Lindgreen, Real Estate Agent and General Manager at Aktiv Majorstuen.
Once you’ve come to a post, do not hesitate to ask the broker questions about what you’d be wondering. Anders Kvernberg, Real Estate Agent at PRIVATmegler Aveny, draws up improvements and upcoming projects as good questions.
– What’s important to ask is whether there have been any improvements in recent years, especially when it comes to the bathroom. Other good questions will be whether the joint venture or housing company has some major projects to be carried out in the future, he says and continues:
– This could be, for example, a change of ceiling, the construction of a balcony, and the renovation of facade that will incur additional costs for you. You should also know what kind of solar condition the house has and at least take a look at the electrical plant. Although this can cost expensive, it is also an investment that will most likely make the property more attractive.
This must be checked in the home
Making a good review of all the rooms when viewing is very important. That’s when you can find any damage, mistakes or defects that you did not know beforehand. Here’s what you have to check in the different rooms.
– The bathroom is the most important room and the most expensive to brush up. If the bathroom has been refurbished in recent times, it is an advantage if there is evidence of what has been done, says Lindgreen.
Kvernberg believes it is important to find out when the bathroom was rehabilitated and by whom.
– Is the owner or a professional who has done the work? A bath should last for 15-20 years, but can stay significantly shorter if the work is not done properly, he says and adds:
– Note bad odors that may indicate moisture.
If the bathroom is refurbished, check if it is switched off. Also check that the tiles are the way they are going.
– The switch off should be mentioned in the tariff. Bad tiling is a sign that the work is probably not done by professionals. Dark / black spots (swabs) in the ceiling may indicate poor ventilation, “says Lindgreen.
If the bathroom is not refurbished, as a buyer you should take this into account when a new bath is expensive.
– We talk fast for $ 300,000 for an ordinary little bath. If the bathroom is old, it is most likely to be replaced within a short period of time. You can not live with a bathroom that does not stay tight. Outside bathrooms are also not covered by insurance, says Mats Eng, carpenter at Reinertsen AS.
Bedroom and living room
When it comes to bedrooms, there’s nothing very special you should look for as it can be refurbished on your own for a reasonable amount of money. However, size and location may have a part to say to many of us.
– One should look for if the bedroom is big enough. It is important that this is quiet and has large windows. It is clearly fine to have room for a big bed and good with wardrobe space, says Kvernberg.
Living room is also a room that does not have a very special checklist, but Eng believes that the electrical plant should be checked both in bedrooms and in the living room.
Even though the kitchen in the home you are in has received a new décor, it does not mean that the white goods are new.
– Be aware of this as well as whether the white goods are integrated – as this will be included in the trade. Also, check if there is a bad odor here, which may indicate moisture. Otherwise, it is important to have good closet space, “says Kvernberg.
Furthermore, mixer and fan are two things that should be on your checklist.
– It is an advantage if the mixer is mounted in the fitting and not in the bench. The latter can give moisture in the bench over time. If you cook a lot of spicy foods, it’s an advantage if the fan draws air out of the building, although modern fans with carbon filters are good, “Lindgreen says..
Is there something you absolutely will not discover in a newly moved home, it’s moisture. This is something you should look for in, for example, cellar.
– There may be moisture problems. Look for salt deposits on brick walls and when drainage was changed, “says Lindgreen.
It is also common that the basement / living room has been furnished as a living room, although it has not been applied for and approved.
– Ask broker about this appear to be unclear. It is also far from all “rental units” that are approved for rental, “says Lindgreen.
– Finding bedrooms and living in the basement should be checked for moisture. If there is fungus / mold or signs of moisture on walls, it indicates poor drainage. This is a big expense to fix in, he says.
Aside from the rooms, Eng believes that the most important thing to check is the electrical system in general and get answers to these questions:
– How old is it?
– Is it properly executed, wires, etc are well clad and not just a patch? Electrical facilities can be a fire trap when it’s self-made.
– If the electrical installation has been replaced, request documentation that the work has been carried out by an authorized electrician.
Bad Housing Characteristics
The view goes towards the end, everything looks good and works as it should, and you bet everything you have to stay here. However, there may be things in and around the property that can be hard to see from the “outside”.
– A flat-roofed house can look nice at first glance. Nevertheless, the technical standard may be poor. On single-family homes, semi-detached houses and townhouses, it is advisable to check when roofing, draining, windows, cladding and so on is changed, “Lindgreen adds:
Corrections in the event of significant errors or omissions
-What rights do you have if you notice significant errors or missing in your home after it is bought and balt defined by the Disability Act.
– Used home in Norway is sold “as is”, the property is bought as it stands. However, you have the opportunity to advertise if there are significant errors or omissions. Significantly interpreted as 5-6% of the value of the property.
– It is advisable to subscribe to home buyer insurance, which gives buyer legal counsel if you have to advertise.
If you notice or suspect that the property is in a poorer condition than enlightened or there has been something between viewing and takeover, you have the option to hold back a proportional amount. This must be stated on the takeover protocol.
Source: Lars Erik Lindgreen, Real Estate Agent and General Manager at Aktiv Majorstuen
– The new state reports will make it easier for most people to form a true picture of the state’s technical state, “Lindgreen says..
Eng at Reinertsen AS believes you should be aware of poorly performed work and request documentation.
– You can look at the aesthetics inside the home. If the finish is poorly done, listing and so on, there is a possibility that other things like water pipes, electrical installations and other things may be bad – possibly self-made. Again, ask for documentation, he advises and adds:
– In homes that have a moisture problem it should be possible to smell it as fungus and mildew smells. Also look for swelling in wood and plates. Take a trip up the creep ceiling if this exists and check if there are signs of moisture there. If so, the roof is ready for replacement.