Don't let all the staging and bling and beautiful furnishings blind you to looking and asking about the mechanicals of a home you are thinking about buying....especially in a home that is more than 10-15 years old. Always ask the age of the furnace, air conditioner & water heater. After 15 years of use, you should start to plan and budget to replace these units. Doesn't mean you should pass over that home, just factor in those potential repair and replacement cost with your offer.
Ask for any existing warranty if it can be transferred to a new owner. Or consider asking for a whole home warranty with your offer. And ask the seller to share any maintenance records or repair work done.
So, ask the right questions and adjust your expectations and offer accordingly.
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