As an established estate agent in Barry for 25 years, we have a wealth of knowledge about how to make the most out your property viewings.
Viewings are a great opportunity to obtain valuable information about the properties you have already seen online or on our notice board in our office, that you can’t get from the sales property details.
Viewings are crucial for ensuring that you make the right decision about your purchase, so it’s important you make the most of it when you have the opportunity.
We have put together our top Do’s & Don’ts for viewing a property to help you along your way.
Do arrive slightly earlier than your appointment
Not only does this relieve stress of running late, but it also gives you the opportunity to look around the neighbourhood. Are neighbouring houses well-maintained? Is street parking an issue? Are there local facilities close by? All of this can be missed if you don’t have time to check when you first arrive.
Do check the outside of the house
You spend most of your time checking the inside of a house on viewings, but its just as important to check the external structure of the house to make sure there aren’t any glaring issues. A surveyor will be able to provide more details about any problems that may make inhabitable.
Do visit at different times of the day
It’s always worth making your 1st/2nd/3rd viewings at different times of the day, as natural lighting, traffic and neighbour noise can vary throughout the day. It is also worth just driving around the area to get an idea of what parking may be like in the evening and weekends, even if you’re not going into the house for another viewing.
Do check for damp and internal structural issues
Keep a close eye for signs of damp. This includes, mould, peeling wallpaper, bubbling paint, a damp smell, stained and damp feeling walls and ceilings.
Do check fixtures and fitting
Light switches, windows, taps etc. often get over looked when viewing a property, but be sure to check these work.
Do open cupboards
Take a look in cupboards to make sure there is enough storage for your needs.
Do take photos
You will be taking in a lot of information when viewing properties, so it’s a good idea to have reminder for when you’re back home to look back on. Taking photos on your phone is great idea to help you remember layouts of room etc.
Do remember your furniture and belongings
Keep in mind your own furniture when looking around properties. Make sure rooms are big enough to fit your furniture, and think about what steps you may need to take to get them in to the property on moving day too, if needs be!
Don’t rush viewings and make rash decisions
Take your time when viewing a property. Don’t feel rushed to view the property, and don’t feel pressured to make a decision straight away. You are entitled to a second and third viewing so don’t rush the process.
Don’t view a property by yourself
Having a second or third opinion or helpful eye can be useful when looking at a property. Take a trusted family member or friend with you as they may be able to ask questions you forget, or notice things you missed.
Don’t be put off by faults
You may be able to use those faults to negotiate a better price, or in some cases, sellers may correct before you move in. It’s worth having that conversation at least, before dismissing a property.
Don’t refrain from asking the seller questions
If the sellers are around, don’t be afraid to ask sellers questions – they’re the most knowledgeable people about living in that property than anyone else.
We hope you find that helpful, but if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our sales team who will be happy to help.
Why not pop in to see us on High Street in Barry, or call us on 01446 700222.
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