What to look out for when viewing a property
Viewing and buying a home is a huge milestone in your life. This sometimes means you can become slightly distracted with the excitement of where you can put furniture and of the potential to have a fresh start, that you could miss some important things that you should consider when you are viewing a house. It is important to view your new home to its full capacity and ask as many questions as you like, this is your chance to find out whether the property is right for you. Castles Estate Agents have put together some tips which can ensure you make the most out of your viewing.
First Impressions Count
When you are viewing a property your first impression should not be overlooked. Before your viewing, it might be a good idea to do a drive by to see the property from the outside. You can get a really good feeling about the neighbourhood and what facilities are around your potential new property. You can do this in the day time, night time or both to assess different things like noise at different times of the day and traffic.
Buying a new home is a big milestone in someone's life and also one of the biggest purchases of your life. No one will mind if you're having a thorough look whilst at a viewing. Check all of the cupboards, under the skin and ask to see the attic or basement too. Maybe consider taking a small torch to in case there is no lighting.
Check The Outside Of The Property
It is really important to check the outside of the property too. You need to keep a keen eye of for things like damp, peeling paint or tide marks. You should also consider asking the homeowner or estate agent how old the roof is to see if work will have to be done in the future.
Take Someone With You
You should never go to a viewing alone. Two pairs of eyes are better than one and any questions you may forget to ask could be remembered by the person you are with. It is also always sensible have someone to bounce ideas off and to get a second opinion.
Storage is a very valuable trait in any home but can often be overlooked. You will need to think about where you will keep towels, bedding, the hoover and other items that you won’t want out and about in your home.
Which Way Does The House Face?
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a north and south facing home, this could sound irrelevant but in the Summer it can make a big difference. The way your home is positioned could make the difference between a home which is full of light and warmth to one that is constantly dark. Don’t be shy about taking a small compass with you or you might have one on your phone. Try and figure out which room you are more likely to spend time in during the day and discover from there if there is enough sunlight entering that room.
What Is The Area Like?
You won’t be spending all of your time in your home, you will want to enjoy the neighbourhood you are living in. It may be worth spending the day in your potential new town to discover if it has everything you would want. Ask yourself questions such as does the town have a shop, restaurants or bars? Is the public transport good? Is there a school nearby for your children? Small questions such as these will help you choose the perfect area for you and your family.
Taking photographs of a property at a viewing can sometimes help you see things later on which you overlook during a viewing. A picture can speak a thousand words, don’t just take photos of each room as a whole. Take some detailed photos as these are the photos which could help you see potential problems later on. Please seek permission of the homeowner before taking photos.
Before your viewing, it is important to write down any questions you want to ask. Once you’re in the house it can be easy to forget any questions you may have had before because of pure excitement. You should also write down any concerns you may have so that the estate agent can reassure you. You could also do a video walkthrough of the home so that you are able to see how the home flows and the rooms connect in general. Please seek permission of the homeowner before taking videos.
Castles Estate Agents
Here at Castles Estate Agents, we have supported thousands of people who are selling their properties and are able to offer expert advice and experience working in the market to help you buy a home or conduct a sale. If you are thinking about selling your home or are looking to buy your next new house please visit our website today for more information or call us on 01793 611 677.