Selling a home is not only a huge decision to make, but also a complicated process to take. If you want to simplify the journey while increasing your earning potential, the key is to get yourself ready. 

Wondering what those questions are?

Don't worry! In this post, we've compiled all the questions you should ask before putting your property on the market.

Questions To Ask Before Selling Your Home

Have you considered putting your house up for sale soon? Before moving on to the next step, you must ensure you have answered these essential questions about selling a house. 

Below are the following questions about selling a house:

1. What Season Is Ideal For Selling A House?

Selling your property is possible year-round, but some months are more accessible, faster, and more rewarding. Home buying is highest in spring and summer and lowest in fall and winter.

Selling your home in June, May, or July maximizes house profits. Homes sold in June and May earn 9.2% and 7.4% more than average. The day you list your home matters, too, according to data. On Thursdays, homes sell faster and for more money.

However, real estate is very localized, so the ideal selling period depends upon your market and homeowner's situation. Think about:

2. How Much Time Will It Take To Sell My Home?

The time to sell depends on location and housing market conditions. Listing price, home condition, and marketing and staging skills also matter. According to NAR data, the average home is on the market for 62 days. It varies widely by state. You should know how fast your home will sell in your market.

3. How Much Is The Value Of My Home?

Condition and demand for similar homes impact your home's value. It would be best to look at comparable sales to estimate the value of your home. They should match your size and condition. These "comps" help a real estate agent price your home. Alternatively, an iBuyer might buy your house without listing it.

4. How Much Does Selling My Home Cost?

Selling a house has several costs. Many don't require an upfront payment, which is good. Instead, many come from closing sales revenues. Typical fees are 10% of your home's sale price. 

These include:

Selling to an iBuyer, skipping the real estate agent, or selling as-is can reduce these fees. A home that needs lots of repairs will sell more slowly.

woman calculating home costs

5. Should I Fix The House Before I Put It Up For Sale?

Many homebuyers want a "move-in ready" property with minor repairs. Younger buyers (76%) need a move-in ready house. Cosmetic repairs increase house value, so make repairs before selling. 

Fix severe faults like a roof or AC unit, or boost your rate. Most purchasers won't pay top dollar if massive, expensive projects are coming.

Seller inspections speed up repairs. For a few hundred dollars, home inspectors can check for issues. The report can guide pre-listing repairs. This can increase property value and speed inspections. Your state may require inspection issues disclosure.

6. Do I Need To Work With A Real Estate Agent?

Using a realtor has its own perks and cons. One advantage when working with a real estate agent is that they can help you sell your home faster. Listing, photography, showings, marketing, and closing are some of their services that can make your home-selling journey easier and smoother. They also have local market data to assist you price and marketing your home properly.

Pro Tip: Before hiring a real estate agent, be sure to research their services first. Look at past customer reviews to ensure they can provide the service you want. You may also seek referrals from family, friends, and coworkers. 

7. When Should You Call A Home Inspector?

A seller can inspect your home before listing. Some sellers do this, but it might help you prepare your home for sale. Even if you do, a home inspection is usually required after you accept an offer. After hiring a local inspector to assess their property, the buyer may request that you credit them for a few repairs.

8. What Should I Do If My House Isn't Selling?

The thing is, you may not be able to sell your home immediately. If that's the case, the first thing to check is the pricing as it may be overpriced for the market. Try to adjust the listing price based on recent similar transactions. Stage or fix any issues that prevent purchasers from buying your property. 

Also, make sure your agent has marketing experience and local contacts. This boosts home visibility and sale potential. You may also remove the home from the market until local conditions improve.

9. Is It Possible For Me To Bring My Favorite Lighting Fixture Or Other Home Feature With Me?

As much as possible, you need to leave any fixture attached to the house. That might include built-in storage, shades, door hardware, etc. 

However, if there's any installed appliance that you want to bring with you, you need to tell that to the buyer and state it in the contract.

Can you think of more questions to ask before selling your property? If yes, feel free to share them in the comments! 

In exploring "Questions About Buying A Home," the initial considerations include establishing a housing budget within 25% of monthly income, optimizing a 5–10% down payment, and understanding the nuances of closing costs. 

These financial insights, strategic planning for moving costs, and mindful choices in furnishing and decorating lay a solid foundation for informed and responsible home buying.

So, in this part, let us continue discussing the questions to ask about buying a home. 

Questions About Buying A Home [Part 2]

  1. Are Natural Disasters Common In This Area?

If you've never lived in a hurricane-prone area, you've probably never had to defend yourself. Ask if your new home is prone to tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, or ice storms. Then, make sure your house insurance covers local natural disasters. You may require extra coverage if not.

  1. Does The Home Have Any Problems?

It’s hard to answer this problem independently; you need a house inspection before buying. Your seller must report known issues, although they may leave something out.

A good home inspection will explain the safety and performance of the roof, foundation, HVAC, and plumbing systems safety and performance. If there are red flags, you can pass or negotiate a cheaper price and solve the issues yourself.

  1. How Long Has The Roof Been There?

Asphalt roofs last 20 years, according to most experts. So, ask this critical roof inquiry before buying a house: How old has the roof been there?

Replacement of an aging roof might cost over $12,000. A sudden replacement might ruin your budget.

  1. What Is The Current Condition Of The Appliances?

Imagine getting into your new home and discovering all the appliances are broken. You can avoid such a surprise if you know certain essential appliances are dying before buying the house. The vendor may also offer a good deal. 

Ask about the lifespan of all house items and when the old or worn-out items will be replaced. This includes the HVAC, water heater, washer, dryer, fridge, stove, and dishwasher.

  1. What Does Purchasing Include?

Since different states have varying regulations regarding what must be included in a property purchase, you must find out what is included with the house you purchase. Don't automatically assume you're buying every light fixture, appliance, and window covering when submitting an offer. If so, you can become unhappy when the refrigerator is gone, and there's a large empty area in the kitchen.

real estate agent talking to new homebuyers

  1. What Is The Selling Price Of Similar Homes?

You should know what nearby similar houses are in the market. This will help you know if the home you seek is reasonably priced. You can get the answer from your real estate agent since they will be intimately familiar with the types of homes currently for sale in the neighborhood where you are looking to buy. And just so you know the technical terms, this is a competitive market analysis (CMA).

  1. Why Is The Home Being Sold?

Find out why the seller is selling their home. Knowing their motivation in selling their property might help you negotiate.

For instance, sellers leaving because of a new job may be more likely to negotiate a price to sell it faster. Probing them can also help you learn more about the quality of the house. 

It's a red flag if the seller can't clearly state their reason for moving or selling their home, such as looking for a bigger house or wanting to live close to their families.

  1. How Long Has The Home Been Listed For Sale?

Usually, when a home has been listed on sale for a longer time, it means that there might be an issue.

When a home is listed on the market for a long time, it might mean that there's an issue. Usually, it's because the asking price is too high, its location, or the home's layout. 

 In March 2023, U.S. residences averaged 54 days on the market. now, this number might be different depending on the location and season. Ask your real estate agent about house sales speed in your market—every market is different.


These are just some of the most important questions that you might ask regarding the homebuying process. There might be more as you go along the way. The key is asking as many questions as you can to your real estate agent and/or the seller before closing the deal.

Do you have more questions about selling or buying a home? If yes, feel free to drop them in the comments or call us at 317-316-8224 we can assist you!

Buying a home is all fun and games until you buy a home. It costs a fortune, has too many decisions to be made, and isn't easy to even know what to search for. 

So before you start the home-buying process, it's crucial to do research and ask as many questions as you can.

Not sure what questions to ask? Don't worry! We've made it easier for you.

We've put together a list of questions to ask when buying a house to make you feel more at ease about the process. 

Questions About Buying A Home

  1. How Much Is My Housing Budget?

This is the first question about buying a home since having an appropriate house budget avoids overspending on a home. Being saddled with a hefty monthly payment you can barely afford is disastrous and might lead to a huge debt. You must own your house if that happens. 

Therefore, when determining your budget, it's practical to limit your mortgage payments to 25% of your monthly income. Thus, your budget will have the capacity for additional financial goals like retirement investing each month.

  1. What Is The Recommended Amount Of Savings For A Down Payment?

The 100 %-down plan is excellent for home buying as well as buying a house in cash. Aim for a 5–10% down payment on your first property if you intend to get a mortgage. A higher down payment reduces monthly payments, debt, and risk. After waiting a while and saving 20%, you'll avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI), leaving extra monthly money in your budget.

You can consider a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage if you buy a house. Stop taking 30-year loans since they increase debt and interest. Stay clear from adjustable-rate mortgages, FHA loans, and VA loans—they include hidden expenses.

  1. What Is The Amount Of Closing Costs?

Closing costs are typically 2–5% of your home's buying price. Closing costs for a $300,000 home are expected to be $6,000–15,000. Save enough for closing fees in addition to a down payment.

  1. Should I Put Money Aside For Moving Costs?

Local movements are less expensive than long-distance moves, varying significantly depending on the distance traveled. Verify your finances to make sure you have enough saved to cover unforeseen expenses. 

If you're moving for a job, your new employer may offer a relocation package to cover your costs—64% of employees received relocation reimbursement in 2022.

couple moving furniture in their new home

  1. Which Way Should I Decorate And Furnish?

This depends on the money you have for furnishing. If you purchased a fully furnished property, you're lucky; if not, you need to plan for decorating and furnishing your home.

This may be as simple as moving your furniture to your new home or buying new items. 

When purchasing items, only buy new or old furniture you can afford to pay cash for. Adding consumer debt to a mortgage is one of the most costly home buying mistakes. Decorating one area at a time can help you meet your financial goals.

  1. What Kind Of Location Is It?

Asking about location is essential. You should know various things about an area before moving in, including:

Gaining some understanding of these details can assist you in determining whether a particular area or community best suits your needs and objectives.

  1. How Are The Educational Institutions?

Having kids makes asking about the school districts near your future home important. But if you don’t have kids, a property near good schools may be worth more when you sell your home in the future.

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself before getting a new home. We have more questions in the next part, so be sure to click this link.

Having your own home is dream people nurture, but not everyone would be financially competent to own a home. So before you start dreaming of your own home ensure that your finances are ready because you don't want to struggle to make money later on. Here are certain things to consider when you buy a Indianapolis homes:

Find a mortgage broker

You need to choose a mortgage broker before you start with home hunting. A mortgage broker is a person who stands between you and the bank and help you get the funds needed to purchase a home. The broker will help you with the paperwork and passes on the same to the bank/lender. While the brokers do not lend money to people themselves, they help in finding the right loan for them. It is under their sole advice that most homeowners apply for loans and get them.

Order a free credit report

It is a known fact that to apply for home loans, you must have good credit reports. Of course, there are many ways to get your credit report, but you have to pay for them. You can also request by mail or telephone. To get the free report, you need to send in two copies proving your identity; could be your health card, diverse licence or social insurance card.

Determine a down payment

To determine your down payment, you need to figure out how much you are willing to pay and how much you would have to borrow. If you can pay around 20% of the price of the home, then it would be perfect because then you would qualify for conventional mortgage. As majority of Indianapolis homeowners are couples in their 20s and 30s, they are looking to spend somewhere between $320,000 and $370,000. The basic thing is this - the more you pay for your down payment, the less you pay as mortgage fees.

Get a pre-approval or pre-positioning letter from mortgage broker

Having an official letter signed by your mortgage broker would prove that you are capable of getting a loan. The broker should be competent enough to ask the client the necessary details before handling the paperwork for pre-approval.

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