Take my advice on this one – viewing a potential new home is tougher than it sounds!
I’ve seen too many homeowners fall in love with one specific thing about a house and fail to get down to detail. But, it’s your money you’re considering parting with, so make sure to leave no stone unturned. From signs of damp to tell-tale subsidence warnings, there’s a lot to look out for.
To offer a helping hand, here are my top tricks and tips for how to view a property.
If you’re worried you’ll forget any important details on what to look for when viewing a house – take a notepad with you. Write down beforehand anything you might forget.
Also – always turn up on time to your appointment. Don’t worry if the agent is late, you can use this time to survey your surroundings and get a feel for the place.
Examine the Outside of the House
I’ve seen literally thousands of properties in my time. One key thing I have learnt is never to ignore the exterior. After all, here’s where you’ll see some tell-tale signs that something might not be quite right! Trust me, you’d rather find these out on the first viewing than later on down the line.
Are there any roof tiles missing? Can you see any large or worrying-looking cracks? Does it look like there are any issues with the guttering?
Ask Plenty of Questions
Always ask questions when viewing a house – plenty of them. Remember, don’t ask, don’t get!
Unsure where to start? Here are some of my suggestions:
- How long has the property been up for sale?
- Why has the seller put it on the market?
- Has anyone else made an offer?
- How long have the owners lived there?
Sometimes, the answers to these questions can make or break the sale, so it pays to pry. Estate agents might be working in the seller’s best interests – but they still have to answer your questions.
Imagine it With Your Furniture
Particularly if the property has been decorated well, it’s easy to get carried away. However, you need to visualise if it’s right for you. Will your furniture fit? Take a tape measure with you so you’ll know for sure. This is a handy tip – as house floor plans often have their inconsistencies.
Beware the Clever Seller
Sellers have their ways of making a property look bigger than it is. This could be lighting, smaller furniture or arranging a room in a particular way. If you can – try and look past this.
Go for a Second Viewing
Even if you’ve fallen in love with a property – always go for a second viewing. You’re bound to notice something you didn’t the first time around. Also, if you can, take someone with you. Two pairs of eyes are better than one!
Look at the Surrounding Area
Remember – you’re not just buying a property, but into an area also. You can change many things about your new home, but not its location.
So, make sure you’d be happy living there.
What are the neighbours like? Is there any noise pollution? What’s it like at different times of the day?
Getting a property report can also help you get to know an area before you buy there. From local schools to crime rates – it can gather all the information you need to know for you!
I highly recommend you get one to make your house purchase as smooth as possible.
Whether you’re buying, renting or moving, Phil shares his property advice all in one place over on www.moveiq.co.uk