Viewing Tips When Buying a Property (House/Flat/Home)




Essential Tips/Checklist For Viewing a Property…


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Viewing Tips


Don’t just view a property once, arrange a second visit for a different time of day, and this time have a good look at the local area as well. Try and take somebody with you who will be able to notice things you don’t.


Structure


Unless you are well versed in the very many problems that you potentially could find in a property, you really should get it surveyed. There are several types of survey and they don’t all cost £750! See our article on the subject...particularly if you aren’t getting it surveyed!


Fittings


Don’t assume that large handy wardrobe will be there when you move in. Organise with the agent to get a written list of which fixtures and fittings will be included. Agreeing it verbally with the owner isn’t enough. Having it in writing removes disagreements later in the process.

None of this will help when you move in and the fittings aren’t there of course. What are you going to do, sue them over six light bulbs they shouldn’t have taken with them?


Staging


Agent speak for distractions and beautifying! Don’t be fooled by it.

Cleverly placed mirrors, strategic lighting, delicious smells, vases of flowers, cosy fires, and fresh licks of paint are all tricks sellers use to make their home more appealing.

Make sure you don’t get fooled.


Space



You need to “look past” what is there when you view the house, try and imagine the rooms totally empty.

Are the rooms big enough for your needs?

Having enough storage space is vital. New builds don’t often have much of it. Where will you store the hoover and all the linen? Is there room for cupboards or shelves to be built in?

Does it look as though the sellers have removed some furniture to make the rooms seem bigger?

Look in the attic, it’s an important part of the house. Is there much storage space? Could it be converted? At least look at how much insulation there is.


Aspect


Which way does the house face?

Even in winter a south facing garden can make the difference between a home that is full of light and warmth, and one that is dark. What about your houseplants? I bet you have a compass on your phone so use it!


Locality


Neighbours!.......Can you hear a racket from next door? Is the neighbour’s garden full of junk?

Are you near a potentially noisy pub?

Can you walk to shops?

Is there local public transport?

Are there noisy roads or a football ground, or train tracks nearby?

Are you right underneath a flight path?

Where will you park?

What is the cost of off-street parking?

How many cars are you allowed?

What about visitors’ permits?

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