House Viewings Tips: What To Do And Look Out For During Visits
Have you made 2022 the year you finally secure the keys to your new dream home? Well first comes the exciting part. Getting to explore and view a whole host of houses!
Whether you’re a first-time buyer arranging your first ever house viewing, or an experienced homebuyer looking to settle down in your forever home, we look at the checklist you should be putting together for any future house viewings:
Be prepared ahead of the visit
Take someone with you
Be friendly with the seller
Keep an open mind
Arrange multiple viewings (if possible!)
This is a big one. If possible, it’s well worth trying to arrange multiple viewings for the property you’re interested in so you can look out for different things each time. You may have extra questions or may have unnoticed certain things during your first visit, which can be picked up on during your second or third visit.
Also, if you’re lucky enough to visit on multiple occasions, you should look to take different people each time to help get a range of opinions before you make a final decision.
If the house view has gone well and you’re interested in the property, it’s well worth driving by the property and surrounding area on different occasions, both during the night and of a weekend to get a feel for the local area, neighbours, traffic noise and what local amenities are nearby.
Try to ask as many questions as possible during a house viewing. We’ve put together some useful questions that might be worth asking:
- What’s included in the purchase e.g. oven, dishwasher, lights, carpets etc
- Are there or has there been any previous dampness issues with the property. Some noticeable signs include stains on the ceiling, peeling walls and wallpaper etc.
- What are the costs of bills generally, such as utility bills, council tax etc
Check the external features of the property
Don’t forget about the external features of the property. Does it have a big garden? Can you picture the various features to the garden you’d want to include, such as a garage, shed, greenhouse etc? Is there a driveway for off-road parking and if so, how many cars can it hold?
Also make sure you give yourself enough time to carefully look around to see if any roof tiles are missing, what condition the guttering is in etc.
Check the floor plan
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