Viewing a property is a key part of house hunting. In a fast paced market it is important to view a property as soon as possible. You may only get one chance to view a property before you offer. Follow our House Viewing Tips to make sure you get the most out of your property viewing.
Take your time
Buying a property is likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll make so give yourself enough time to have a good look around. Allow for 20-30 minutes for each viewing. Don’t be afraid to ask to look in cupboards or ask any questions.
Book a second viewing
If you can, arrange a second viewing, ideally at a different time of day. This can help make sure you don’t miss any potential issues.
Take a friend
It’s a good idea to take a friend or family member with you for a second opinion and more importantly, to have another pair of eyes looking round.
Getting on with the seller can be helpful when the time comes to make an offer. Building a relationship at the outset may give you the edge over other buyers. And remember, you are viewing someone’s home so try not to voice any negative comments on décor or other aspects.
Know the area
If you’re moving to an area you’re unfamiliar with, take a walk around so you get a feel for the area. Check out what amenities are nearby and what the transport links are. Look out for any parking restrictions and assess traffic noise.
Most Solicitor Estate Agents will contact you after your viewing appointment to see how you got on. This gives you the opportunity to let the selling agent know your thoughts on the property (which can be fed back to the seller). At this point you could ask the selling agent to provide you with further information such as a copy of the Home Report or you could ask to be placed on the selling agents buyers list in case a similar property becomes available.