Viewing A Property: Important Tips To Remember

Buying a new property is an important decision that should not be taken lightly, so it is important to get the most out of your viewing. Viewing a property gives you the chance to make sure that the place is right place for you, whilst giving you the opportunity to spot any potential problems.

It is easy to get swept up in what may seem like the perfect home and start to envisage your life there, but it important not to get ahead of yourself. As one of Tamworth’s leading local estate agents, we have provided you with some useful tips to bear in mind when viewing a property in the future.

Consider storage space and room sizes

It is important to be practical when attending a house viewing. Think about your current furniture and belongings and assess whether the property has enough room to accommodate them.

Buyers can make the mistake of misjudging room sizes and run the risk of facing cluttered rooms. It might be worth taking measurements of each room so that you can compare your furniture dimensions with the room sizes.

Household items such as hoovers, towels and spare linen are often forgotten about. You should consider if there is enough room for cupboards or shelves to be built in.

Check outside of the property

It is easy to neglect the outside of the property when viewing the properties interiors. You should be looking to see if the outside areas are suitable for your needs. Is the garden maintainable? What are the parking facilities like? Is there any external damage to the house that could lead to potential issues further down the line?

Test things out

Do not hesitate to test things out around the house. For instance, turn on the taps to see how good the water pressure is, or open windows to see if they are fitted properly. It may not feel natural to poke around a stranger’s house, but details like this matter when you’re thinking of purchasing a property.  

If you are new to the area, it may be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the local area. Consider how long it might take to do the school run, where the nearest shops are or the closest transport links. Talking to the neighbours may help you to get a better judgment of the area and community. 

View the property more than once

With so much to think about, covering all points in just one viewing may not be easy, so going back for a second viewing is very beneficial. It is possible that you might have missed something, or on further reflection, the property might not be as good as you originally thought. Going back for a second look around the property can either confirm your impressions or change them completely.

It is not just the property you should be looking at, but the area also. Booking multiple viewings at different times in the day allows you to get a feel for the neighbourhood at busier and quieter times. This will ensure that you are fully aware of your surroundings prior to your move.

Take photographs

Bringing a decent quality camera with you is essential on a house viewing. There is nothing stopping you from taking photos of the property, so we advise you take as many shots as possible. Take videos and photos of each separate room as well as pictures of up-close details. These photographs and videos will be useful to look back on later after you have left the property.

Get a second opinion

Bringing a second pair of eyes with you on a house viewing is important as they may pick up on something you might have missed. They will be able to offer an alternative viewpoint on the property and may think of questions you haven’t yet considered.   

At Taylor Cole, we understand that investing into a new property can be a huge decision and it is a matter which should be handled in the correct way. Our team of professionals are passionate about selling properties and value the importance of the house viewing process.

Taylor Cole Estate Agents would be delighted to offer professional advice and support as you search for a new home. For more advice on buying a property, give us a call on 01827 311412.