You’ve probably been scouring tons of websites and seen hundreds of pictures of kitchens and bathrooms by the time you secure your first property viewing and this is your chance to get up close and personal with your potential purchase.
Property viewings are your chance to explore and gather as much research as you can before you take your next step. Most viewings allow you to examine every nook and cranny and allow you to ask questions about the property.
So, let’s look at a few do’s and don’ts before you make any decisions:
Do visit at different times
Try to fit in a few viewings at different times of the day.Viewing a property when it’s dark might not give you the full picture of what the exterior of a house looks like, the garden, or the light and noise levels in the property. Put together a picture of what a typical day is like.
Do test everything
You’ve got to get in there and really delve in at a property viewing. By this, we mean testing out fixtures and fittings to make sure you flag up any issues, instead of moving in and having thousands of pounds of unexpected changes. Look at windows, taps, heating, light switches – you name it, test it.
Do check the out side of the property
Everyone predominantly focuses on the inside of a property, but it’s really important that you check the exterior for any structural problems that could cause issues inside. A property survey should be carried out anyway, but having a look on the outside and in the garden too can help to flag up anything worrying.
Do take lots of pictures
Remember to gather as many photos and notes as you can so you can make an informed choice. It’s amazing how quickly you can forget certain features, so take a photo of everything, so you can compare and contrast with other properties.
Don’t go on your own
It’s always great to get a second opinion on a property. You might miss certain issues or positives, so inviting someone to tag along with you is a good idea. Especially if you’re a first time buyer and you’re not really sure what you’re supposed to be looking for. A family member or friend can give you some good advice and keep you on the right track – asking questions that need to be answered too.
Don’t make quick decisions
Even if you’re pretty sure a property is the home of your dreams, it’s important not to make rash decisions. Don’t get carried away and make sure you go to lots of different viewings, take your time at a property and ask lots of questions.
Don’t be disheartened
You’ll probably end up having to compromise over your perfect property wish list, but don’t get too disheartened by faults and issues.You can negotiate over price if your property isn’t in perfect condition.
If you need any more tips and advice when viewing a property – get in touch with our Home EA team today.