Here's our final list of the last of the odd questions we often get asked as real estate agents.
Q. The previous owners taking their pets with them?
Unless somewhere in the contract you've asked for the dog, cat or another pet and the sellers have agreed to it, they more than likely should be taking them with them. But, we have heard of cases where buyers have moved in and the previous homeowners have simply let their cats out into the neighborhood. This can be very frustrating and disheartening for new homeowners when the cats want to come home and of course, they don't live there anymore. We've had buyers that have had to call the Humane Society or animal control for trapping because the cats that were left out into the neighborhood by themselves continue to breed more cats and become a nuisance. It's important to be a responsible pet owner and take your pets with you or find someone to care for them. Simply letting them loose is never a good idea.
Q. What is a Jack and Jill?
If you've never heard this term this is a very common question. Jack and Jill refer to a type of bathroom layout in a home. It's a bathroom that sits between two bedrooms with an entrance in both bedrooms. It can be convenient for the bedroom owners but not so convenient for the rest of the home applicants and it might be a dealbreaker.
Q. The homeowners association says we will have a guard. Does that mean there will be a guard standing at our door all the time?
With homeowners communities, you'll often see the term "guard gated entrance". This just means that there is a guard at the entrance to the community so that not just anyone will be driving down your street. The guard will make sure that those entering the community live there or have reason to be there. There will be anybody actually at your door.
Q. Will we get the carpet with the house?
We've also had variations of this question such as do the drapes come with the house, will we receive the bedroom furniture as well etc.? This is actually very common question but of course, nobody's going to be ripping up the flooring and taking it with them (at least we hope not), but crazier things have happened. Anything that is attached to the property either permanently or semi-temporarily, such as curtain rods, drapes and light fixtures (which can be removed by would be odd if it was) go with the sale of the house. Items that can be easily moved around such as furniture, potted plants, and pictures on the wall will usually go with the seller. But, it's always important to ask, especially if you are concerned.
These might seem like funny questions but they are very valid to a lot of homeowners and buyers out there. One thing to remember, there is no such thing as a silly question and if you want to know something, don't hesitate to ask. We want to make sure that you have a clear outlook as to what you are buying and the fees, timelines, and costs involved.
Have a silly question? We don't think it's silly. Ask it anyway and contact us anytime.