It is essential that you make the most of your property viewings to ensure that you are informed as much as possible prior to making an offer
Here are our top tips for how to make the most of your property viewings
1. Drive past the property beforehand
Even before the viewing and if you can it is always worth driving past property. By driving past the property and the surrounding streets, this will allow you to get a feel for the property and the neighbourhood.
2. Be prepared before the viewing
Make a list of things that are important to you and any questions that you want to ask before the house viewing.
We recommend that you print off and use our house viewing checklist
which will help make sure that you don't miss anything during the viewing.
3. Take a friend or family on the viewing
Go with your partner or take a friend with you. A second pair of eyes could be very handy. It’s also great to have someone to bounce ideas off and have an alternative opinion.
4. What to look for – property exterior
You will want to check the exterior of the property that you have come to view. You should check:
• Parking, is there enough what you need?
• Which way does the house face?
5. What to look for – property interior
The most important thing is to try and ignore the current owner’s décor as much as you can, and concentrate on how much you may need to spend to make your home and think about whether your furniture will fit into the house.
6. Take your time during the viewing and view more than once
Make sure that you spend as much time as you need when viewing a house so that you can really get a feel for the place. It is also worth re-visiting the property a second time.
7. Be polite and friendly during the viewing
It can feel a bit intrusive viewing a house but there is no need to feel uncomfortable. It is a huge investment to make, so it pays to be a little nosey! Building up a rapport with the seller will make you more memorable, which is always helpful when you want your offer accepted.
However, you should refer to the property viewing checklist and make sure that you leave with answers to all of your questions.
8. What will be included with the property sale?
If there is anything specific you would like included in the sale, please make us aware from the outset.