Top tips for viewing properties like a pro
When it comes to buying property it’s important that it’s done the right way. Not only will this be your home for many years, but it’s also an investment, so while you want the perfect place that fits your criteria, it’s also important to remember that this could be an asset you’ll look to sell in the future.
With this is mind, it’s essential that when you view potential properties you take the time to be thorough and get all the information you can.
To help make sure you don’t miss a thing and make the right choice when you do eventually make an offer, we’ve compiled the following list of tips to view a property like a pro.
We understand that this could be the 20th house viewing you’ve been to in the last few weeks, but as said earlier, you could be living in this property for decades so don’t rush through this process. It’s vital that you spend close to 30 minutes exploring the property, asking questions and just getting a good sense of how the property feels. If you just wander from room to room, taking a few glances and only trying to spot glaring issues, there’s a good chance that you’ll miss the small issues that could eventually become big issues. Taking that little extra time will not only help you spot anything that needs fixing, but will also mean you’re much more informed when you come to make a formal offer for the property.
Take a good look at the structure
At first glance the property you’re viewing may seem quite solid structurally. However a closer look at the exterior or some of the walls may reveal potential problems. This is part of the viewing when it’s best to use your head and not your heart and treat this as an inspection of a building and not viewing of a home. Be on the lookout for hairline cracks, damp, broken tiles or guttering. If the current owner has made changes to the property such as an extension, make sure to do a double check in these areas to ensure their changes are structurally sound. If you do find any of the issues mentioned above, don’t be afraid to ask questions about how long it’s been that way or if the owner plans on fixing it.
Check all plumbing and electrics
A surprising amount of people forget to check these sort of things and just assume that everything Is in working order. Sadly, this is not always the case and the seller is not obligated to inform you of any issues. Be sure to check the water pressure by running the taps and the shower and test the lights and check the condition of the power sockets as you go from room to room. Don’t forget to ask plenty of questions regarding such things as the boiler or any wiring that may need to be replaced. Old and faulty plumbing and electrics is not only costly to replace but is also dangerous, so make sure you’re fully informed on the condition of it all.
Think about how much space there actually is.
When it comes to property space is one thing you can never have enough of. Whether you’re looking to fit in that Queen size bed or you need somewhere to store all of your precious knick knacks you’ve collected over the years, space is incredibly valuable. What you have to remember is that while it’s your job to find the faults, it’s the seller's job to present the house in its best light. This means that they’ll do everything possible to make the room feel larger, whether that be using lots of natural lighting or in some cases removing pieces of furniture all together. You have to keep in mind the home is most likely a little more cluttered on a regular day and that your furniture could take up more room than the current owner. Think about how much room your items take up and then ask yourself if there is any room for expansion.
Take a walk through the area
When you’re buying a property you’re not just investing in that building, you’re also investing in the neighbourhood itself. If you’re first time buyers and looking to build a life in this new home, you have to ask whether the area is suitable for your family’s needs. Is there plenty of shops close by? Are you near a noisy main road? How do the local schools perform? How bad is the rush hour traffic? All of these are questions you need to ask yourself and investigate. It’s best to wander around the area for a short while in order to see how it all feels, after all, if you’re going to be here for some time, you need to feel comfortable.
Once you’ve taken a good look, take another and maybe another.
As we stated at the beginning, when it comes to buying property it’s best done the right way, but even when you do everything right, it’s always best to check things twice. No matter how thorough you intend to be there is always the possibility that you missed a couple of things the first time round. Most would advise visiting a property 2-3 times and at different times of the day if possible to see if you feel the same way each time. Buying a home can be very exciting and it’s easy to get carried away with it all, but it’s important to remain level headed, take a 2nd and 3rd look at it all and really analyse if this is the right investment for you.
- August 2018
- 13 “Plans for a Successful Sale”2 Interest Rate Rise Aug 2018 - Market Comment
- July 2018
- 24 “Ten Branches - Our Secret Weapon”
- June 2018
- 17 “Why Use An Estate Agent At All?”2 The Skilled Agent
- May 2018
- 14 “Waiting in Hope?”7 “A Question of Preference”
- April 2018
- 16 “Buying an Unmodernised Property”
- March 2018
- 19 “Will the Internet Replace Estate Agents?”
- February 2018
- 26 “Quick Tips to Maximise your Sale”5 “Identity Caution When Moving House”
- January 2018
- 22 “How Long Has It Been On The Market?”8 “Valuation Versus Value”
- December 2017
- 28 “How Many Should We See?”4 “Optimising Your Saleability”
- November 2017
- 20 “This year - Don’t wait till Spring!”13 “Defects And Disputes â€“ Should I Disclose Them?”2 The first interest rate rise in a decade
- October 2017
- 16 “Selling Tips for Autumn”1 “Might Sell, Might Not!”
- September 2017
- 25 “Prepare to Paint”16 “Ask the Expert!”
- August 2017
- 13 “Making Moving Easier”
- July 2017
- 31 “Working from Home”24 “Something to Shout About” 16 “The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home”
- June 2017
- 26 “Improvements â€“ Are They Worth It?”21 “Location, Location”10 Agents’ Skills in Demand
- May 2017
- 22 “Deciding on Price” (Part Two)10 “Deciding On Price” (Part One)
- April 2017
- 24 “Advertising for Results” 17 “Should We Accept The Offer?”11 “Put your back into it”1 “Who’s Choosing Your Home?”
- March 2017
- 20 “Hit The Road”13 “Catch 22 â€“Should I Sell First or Buy?”6 “Working In Partnership with your Estate Agent”
- February 2017
- 27 FEB REPORT - “Slow Growth with Strong Demand”20 “Why Overpricing May Leave You Out Of Pocket”13 “Cupid the Estate Agent?”7 “How Long Has It Been On The Market?”
- January 2017
- 29 Market report â€“ January 201717 “Valuation Versus Value”8 “How Many Should We See?”
- December 2016
- 17 “Should Your House Have Sold By Now?”5 “Removal Planning”
- November 2016
- 27 “A Winter’s Sale?”21 “Distorted Opinions?”14 “The Advertising Myth”7 “A Move by Christmas?”
- October 2016
- 31 “Finding the Right Property”17 “Relative Values”
- September 2016
- 26 “It’s Not Just About Selling”19 A Proactive Approach Essential5 Avoid Virtual Tours
- August 2016
- 29 How Serious is my Buyer?22 Clutter Costs !15 The Feelgood Factor8 The Agent you Prefer - at the Right Price
- July 2016
- 30 First Impressions25 Choosing Your Solicitor18 Should I Sell During the Summer Holidays?1 What does Brexit mean for the Scottish property market
- June 2016
- 17 Top tips for viewing properties like a pro17 5 methods for improving your kerb appeal17 Tips for saving for a deposit
- May 2016
- 30 Property perfect move for Natalie
- January 2016
- 29 Thorntons Top after ESPC Mystery Shop
- December 2015
- 22 Increased buyer demand will drive house prices up during 201620 Property solicitor gives local food bank a boost15 Second home levy will boost Dundee property market
- November 2015
- 11 Unique opportunity to buy a stunning new home in an award-winning development in St Andrews
- September 2015
- 16 Tayside property specialists lead the way in boom time