What to Look Out For When Viewing A Property

Viewing a potential new home can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. It can be very easy to get caught up in the moment, “The rug would look great here” or “This would be a great place for parties.”  It is important to keep a clear mindset and to imagine that you are an inspector and that it is your job to find potential hidden faults within the house. It can be extremely tough but we are here to help you.

The Drive-By

First impressions count, we suggest visiting the house even before the viewing, you should go and see the property from the outside. Sometimes this can be enough to know if a property is for you or not. Driving by the home can help you get a good feel for the neighbourhood and the home itself. It is worth doing this during the morning and evening to assess things like traffic levels and noise.

Bring Someone With You

When viewing a home it can be important to bring a friend or family member with you to have a second pair of eyes on hand. Having a second opinion will keep your feet on the ground and help you not to make any rash decisions. Try to stay open-minded but not too carried away with the potential excitement of a new home.

Preparation Is Key

Before you go to your viewing, you should spend some time making a list of everything that is essential to you in a potential home. It is important to do this before the viewing as once you’re in the home it is very easy to let things slip your mind. Questions may include;

  • How many power sockets are there in each room?
  • Is there much storage?
  • Are you overlooked by any neighbours?
  • Are the windows double glazed?
  • How much garden maintenance is required?
  • What state are the gutters in?
  • Is there parking?
  • What is the local area like?
  • What is public transport like?
  • What direction does the home face? (South facing homes get the most sun)

Be As Thorough As Possible

This is going to be one of the biggest purchases of your whole life. No one will blame you for looking through everything thoroughly. Check through all of the cupboards, under the sink, the loft and more. It is important to look at all of these things as eventually, this could be your home.

Room For Guests

One of the perks of having your own homes it the ability to have your friends and family stay over whenever they wish. Is there a second or even third bedroom? Is there a good living room or kitchen to host and entertain guests? Make sure you keep this in mind when viewing a property.

Take Your Time

Don’t feel the pressure by other viewers of the homeowner. This is your chance to see the property for yourself, so take the time to explore the home and get a proper feel for the place. Leave time to check the outside of the property and the surrounding areas either before or after the viewing.

Go Back For A Second Viewing

With many things to think about, doing and seeing everything you wish to might be challenging in one viewing, so it is important that you go back for a second viewing to be 100% sure. There might be something that you have missed or maybe it won’t be as good as you initially thought. Going back to the property for a second look will solidify your opinion or change them altogether.

Real Estate Agents

It is certainly not imperative that you use an estate agent to buy a new home, however, it is preferred. Real Estate Agents have a huge amount of experience and a range of information about the housing market and potential competitors. Real estate agents work within the industry every day and know all of the ins and outs like the back of their hand. This allows you to buy a brand new home with ease and whilst knowing that you will be in safe hands throughout the entire process.

If you would like some advice on buying or selling your home contact, Castles Estate Agents in Swindon. Castles Estate Agents can provide you 30 years of expert knowledge in the real estate industry and will help you find your dream home. This blog post was written by Sarah Wirth, who is a digital marketing agent for Castles Estate Agents. Sarah has a huge passion for the growth of the business and wants to inspire people with her content.

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