While for first time buyers the process will be completely new, even those who have bought or sold before can benefit from our insider guide on viewing a property.
First and foremost, it is important to be realistic in your house hunting. If you’re buying in central London with a mortgage of £200,000, it’s unlikely you will be purchasing a penthouse in the city centre overlooking the Thames. Keeping an open mind, working out your priorities and being realistic about your money will set you up for a successful purchase.
Heart over head
While heart usually beats head when it comes to property hunting, it’s important to be sensible on the first viewing and try and keep emotions out of it. Treating the house as just a building that needs inspecting rather than your new home will make it easier to decipher if the property is suitable for you.
- Don’t be put off (or taken in!) by how someone else’s furniture looks in the house. Details like these could initially mask what the house has to offer, or accentuate its best qualities but regardless, look past the décor and see the houses potential.
- View a house more than once. While the first viewing will, admittedly, nearly always be a lot of heartfelt ooh-ing and ahh-ing, the second visit should be looking at the practicalities of the home. Does it have enough storage space? Are the rooms big enough to fit your furniture? Asking the right questions will enable you to see if the home is a viable option for you.
- The bathroom might be the perfect shade of teal, but try to look more at how the room will work from a practical perspective aka, will all your things fit? If the house doesn’t work for your needs, maybe just ask the owners where they got that perfect shade from!
Slow and steady wins the race
Don’t rush. Take time to explore the property properly. You don’t rush choosing your meal at a restaurant or buying a car, so don’t rush making one of the biggest purchases of your life.
If you’re viewing a number of properties on the same day, take the time to make notes on each one about what you liked or didn’t like about the property. This might seem unnecessary when you’re trying to look around and get a feel for the property, but it will stop the properties all blurring into one when it comes to choosing later on.
Location, location, location
Choosing the right property is important of course, but getting the area right is just as important. Location, location, location are three very important words when house hunting.
Make sure you walk around and get a feel of the local area. Take the time to try and view the property several times at different times of day. Yes it might be quiet and idyllic at 9am on a Monday morning, but what’s it like on a late Saturday afternoon?
Andrews agents are area experts, as well as property experts. Our unrivalled local knowledge will tell you everything you need to know about your new home. From the nearest transport links to what you should do on a rainy day, our experts will help you get your bearings in what could be unfamiliar territory.
Keep an open mind
Compromise will become your best friend when you’re looking for a home. You might have a list in your head of boxes a home will need to tick, but in the end those boxes might not be all that important. Being open to compromise could mean that it ends up being your perfect property after all. Like we said earlier – heart often wins out over head!
If the property is not quite perfect, either structurally or cosmetically, then you may have some wiggle room to negotiate a deal on the asking price.
Get a survey
Our guide to property surveys tells you all you need to know about surveys types and the pros and cons of each. A survey will give you an accurate valuation as to the properties worth, and will detail any necessary work.
When viewing a property it is important to go in with the right attitude. Keeping an open mind, being sensible and remaining patient are all ways that you can ensure that are making the right decision.
Still not sure you’ll know what to be looking out for on a viewing? Let us do the hard work for you. Our negotiators will talk you through the process and advice you on what homes will best suit your needs. Find your nearest Andrews branch to find out how our property experts can help with your move.