If you are looking at moving house, you have no doubt been shortlisting properties that could potentially prove to be your dream home. For many people, property viewing is great fun, but it is important not to let your heart rule your head. There are many different things that you will need to take into consideration for you to be certain that the home you fall in love with is also a suitable, practical and affordable choice.
To help you know what you need to know about what to look for when buying a house, here are our top property viewing tips!
First impressions are important and before you even arrange a viewing, you should go and check out your potential property from the kerbside. Many people find that this is enough to make a snap judgment on whether it is worthwhile even seeing inside. If it looks run-down and neglected, chances are it isn’t in the best condition inside. However, this shouldn’t necessarily put you off if you are prepared to put in some work. Driving by will also give you an opportunity to assess the neighborhood and see if it is somewhere you would like to live. Go both in the day and at night since a peaceful location during the day isn’t necessarily quiet at night.
Wherever possible, we always recommend that you bring another friend or family member with you to your viewings. People can perceive things in very different ways, and the person you bring with you might spot things you have missed as well as giving you a neutral perspective of the property. This can be extremely valuable if you have fallen in love with somewhere that might not be so great without rose-tinted glasses!
Don’t feel pressured by the person doing your viewing, other people viewing the property or the homeowner. Buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases you will ever make so you shouldn’t feel rushed into it. Look at everything that you want to and need to, and don’t leave until you are satisfied or, if there really isn’t time to see what you want to, until you have arranged a second viewing.
Easily one of the most important parts of any viewing, asking questions is the only way that you are going to truly find out everything that you need to know about the property you are considering. Go armed with a list of questions about the house itself and the area, and don’t let the agent or homeowner sidestep any they find uncomfortable. Be sure to remember to ask why the house is on the market and how long it has been for sale as these can be negotiating points if you decide to make an offer. Some important questions that should definitely appear on your list should include:
- How is the property heated?
- What’s being included in the sale? Carpets? Curtains?
- What work/improvements have been made to the property and when? You will want to see copies of receipts and guarantees.
- What are the bills like? Utilities, HOA fees, and taxes all need to be taken into consideration.
Damp is the scourge of any property deal as it can cause serious problems in the future and affect the overall value of the property. Warning signs include flaking plaster, watermarked walls, and fresh repainting. While damp can be treated, it should still be taken into consideration if you wish to place an offer on the property.
We aren’t just talking about the space that you can see when you stand in a room, although this is important too. Don’t be afraid to ask to open closets and cupboards so that you can see just how much space you have to play with and determine whether or not you can comfortably fit your furniture and belongings into each room without them becoming uncomfortably cramped.
If you are looking at moving home and you would like more property viewing tips, don’t hesitate to contact our offices where our friendly and knowledgeable realty team would be happy to help you.