- How long has it been on the market?
- Has the price been reduced?
- Has it been listed and removed before?
- Is the EPC up to date, and what rating is it?
- Is it leasehold or freehold? Are there any service charges?
- What is the council tax likely to be?
- Can I afford this?
Why ask this?
Knowing whether the agent has had trouble selling the property will either alert you to possible problems or put you in a great bargaining position. If it’s been listed and removed, you need to know why. Perhaps the seller couldn’t get the price they wanted, or their situation changed. Maybe they had a bad experience with a buyer – this information will let you know if there might be issues going forward.
The EPC will tell you how much you’ll pay in bills, if much needs to be done to the property to improve its efficiency, and how much that might cost. Knowing the council tax, service charges and any other costs will give you an overview of how much the monthly cost might be, and whether the property is workable.
You can find out most of this information online before you arrive, but if anything is unclear, note down to ask the agent or call up before you visit.