Property viewing tips
When you’re looking for a new home to, making the most of the viewing is crucial. Use our top tips to help.
It’s always a good idea to consider some of the following points when you view a property.
Walk PastOften you can make a decision before you walk through the door.
Take someone with youTry to avoid going alone it is safer and a second opinion always helps.
Remember what’s important to youTry and make a list before you visit and tick these off as you view the property it will help after you have left.
Have a good look outside firstWhat does the roof look like, does anything need painting?
Don’t be afraid to lookOpen cupboards if they are fixed you will not be seen as nosy.
Take a torchIt’s a good idea to have a look at the loft and it may not be lit.
Ask about plumbingHow long does it take for hot water to come through, how efficient is the boiler?
Ask if any work has been doneWas the appropriate planning passed are there any guarantees on the work?
Ask about the billsIt will help to know what to expect.
What will be includedFind out what fixtures and fittings are included in the sale, eg carpets, cooker, curtain poles.
Keep an eye out for damp patchesIts better that you know in advance.
Get to know who is selling their homeThe more you know the easier it is to understand what is likely to happen and if there is a good rapport they may consider you favourably.
Go back at different timesIf you go back again go at a different time it will help to see what the traffic is like, the lighting may be different.