Top tips for viewing a property.
Here are some top tips to help you make the most of viewing a property, you really need to make sure you gather all the information you can about the property, before deciding whether to make an offer or not.
First off, make sure you view the property as a building or investment. Don’t get too attached as your heart may end up ruling your head, you could end up overlooking any problems. That being said, if you do find faults, don’t be put off from buying the property altogether. If the issue is something you know you could deal with, you could end up negotiating a better price.
You should also try to see the property more than once, the more times you view the property the more likely it is that you will pick up on any issues. You should try to view the property 2 to 3 times and at different times of day. That way you will see if things have changed from when you first saw the property. You might discover the nice quiet street you initially saw, is now a busy commuter route.
Take your time when viewing a property, allow a good 20-30 minutes to ensure you get a feel for the property. Make sure you look at the outside as well, check for damp or cracks in the walls. If you do think you spot a problem, ask the current owner what the situation is. It could be a simple, fixable issue. Your nose is also a great tool, always be wary of any smells as it could be a sign of damp in the property.
It is a good idea to check taps, lights, windows and doors. You don’t want to move in and find there are issues with the water pressure or that some windows don’t open or even worse – there are electrical issues.
You should also remember that the seller probably won’t be very forth coming about any issues, make sure you move things around a little, some sellers may try to cover damp or cracks with furniture or rugs.
Make sure you find out what land comes with the property. You should know who owns what garden or parking space, get the seller to confirm it in writing. You don’t want to move in and find out you don’t have enough parking or part of the garden doesn’t actually belong to you.
Lastly, arrange to have a house survey carried out. It is a good idea to get a survey done as it may uncover any hidden issues the property has. This should help you avoid any major issues down the line.
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