You’re looking to buy a property and have selected a number of properties to view. The anticipation of what awaits you will be great, and in your excitement you may forget to view thoroughly. At Redmayne Miller Rees we want to make sure you get the most out of each and every property you view, so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. To help start you on the right foot, we’ve put together five essential tips for viewing a property.
- It’s not a sprint
You’re there to view a property, one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life, so why do you feel the need to sprint round each room? Take your time – we expect a viewing to last at least 20–30 minutes so you can get a thorough feel for the place. Allow us to show you around, and then take your time wandering through and starting to imagine what it would be like to live there.
- What about its bones?
You’ve spent time digesting the interior, but what about the exterior of the property? Check the walls for cracks or anything unusual, and have a look at the condition of the guttering – lack of maintenance could be a sign of a larger issue. If you see something, ask. We may already know the answer, and if we don’t we’ll be able to chat to the owners and get back to you as soon as possible.
- Heart and then head
Your first viewing you’ll do with your heart, even though you’re trying to be critical, you’ll be looking at the property with rose-tinted glasses, especially if it’s one that you absolutely adore. This is why it’s important to go back for a second viewing, and this time go with your head leading the way. Look properly at the space, any works that need doing, and what decorating may be required. Ask yourself practical questions: is the location good for getting to work? Will it also provide you with the lifestyle you seek?
- What about the neighbours
Location is crucial when buying a house, as you can change many things about a property but not where it stands. What is the neighbourhood like? Is it a community where you’ll be happy, safe and feel at home? Does it offer you everything you desire? Investigate the area at different times of the day so you can gain real insight into what it would be like to live there – and don’t forget to have a chat with the neighbours.
- Don’t forget the survey
There is often much confusion over surveys with many not opting for a full survey, believing that they have had one done by their mortgage lender. Your mortgage lender is seeking to determine the value of your property to ensure they can recoup their money should you negate on your mortgage. Their survey will tell you nothing about the condition of the home you wish to buy – for this, you need to have a proper survey done. There are three different surveys to choose from, depending on the depth of investigation undertaken: condition survey, homebuyers survey, and building survey.
If you’re about to start viewing properties and want some more advice on how to make the most of each viewing, contact a member of our sales team.