Buyers Advice: Make the most of your viewing
It’s one of the most important purchases you are likely to ever make, yet many people spend more time viewing and checking a new car than they do viewing a new home. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your visit.
Don’t rush your viewing. Quiz the agent about the property, the area and anything else you would like to know. If you are able, arrange viewings for different times of the day to get a real feel for the property.
Look at the potential
Look for opportunities the property offers for you to add value. Even if you are not buying as an investment, it is always worth considering what will appeal to future purchasers. Can you and your family grow in the property over time?
You should view every area of the property, including the outside space and communal areas if there are any. Find out whether any appliances are included and inspect them as best you are able. When was boiler last serviced for example?
Consider redecoration and extension
Making the property into your home can add up to more than you think so bear that in mind when you are drawing up your budget. If the property has space to extend, make enquiries with the local authority about the necessary consents.
Location, location, location
Location is key. If you don't know the area, take a walk around it after viewing. Consider visiting local amenities and treat yourself to a pub lunch in what could be your next local! Don't forget to ask about parking, especially on leasehold properties.
Take a notepad
Its likely you will be viewing more than one property so make sure you can recall the details of each one. Taking notes at the time of the viewing will help you think of relevant questions to ask.
Bring a friend
Bringing a friend or family member along with you can add real value. They might know the area better than you, or be more experienced in buying property.
Don't be afraid to ask questions
We as agents are there to help. We know the property, the area and the circumstamces of the sale. Please ask us anything you wish - if the answer is not immediately available we will call you when we have found out.
Alex Britchfield | Partner | Davies & Partners