There is a big difference between first-time buyers and those who have bought or sold before. But even the most experienced buyers can benefit from our top tips for viewing a property:
- It’s hard, but try and keep the emotion out of your first viewing and treat the house not as a home but simply as a building that needs inspecting.
- Don’t rush! Buying a home is likely to be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make, so take time to explore the property properly.
- Try and view the property several times, all at different times of day. Yes it might be quiet at 9am on a Monday morning, but what’s it like on a Saturday afternoon?
- Faults shouldn’t necessarily put you off buying, but you should get a professional opinion to find out how much it will cost to resolve.
- If you’re viewing a number of properties on one day, you should get the property details from the estate agent and note down on each what you liked/disliked about the property. It will help stop the properties blurring all into one!
- Choosing the right property is crucial of course, but getting the area right is just as important. Make sure you walk around to get a feel of the local area.
- Is it fit for purpose? It’s easy to fall in love with a property, but it must be suitable for your needs. Are the rooms big enough? Is there enough storage? That said, you must be realistic – you may not be able to afford everything on your wish list, and sometimes compromises must be made.