22nd August 2019
Shopping for a new home is very exciting but can be quite daunting. It is likely to be the biggest purchase of your life and you don’t want to make any mistakes.
Our Lamb Brooks Property Law Team speak to thousands of homeowners every year and have put together a quick guide with some tips for viewing properties.
Don’t Get Carried Away
It is very easy to get swept up in the moment when viewing a house – particularly if you are a first time buyer. Be realistic and remember that you don’t have to fall in love with the first property that you view. The market can move quite quickly, but don’t let that pressure you into putting an offer in for a property that isn’t quite right for you.
Bring Someone With You
Taking someone else along will help give a different perspective on things. Someone who’s opinion you trust, like a parent or good friend can be helpful. They may also spot things or ask questions that you hadn’t thought of.
Don’t Just View the Property Itself
Arrive for your viewing early and wonder around the neighbourhood and surrounding roads first – this will help give you an idea about the local area, the noise, traffic, parking situation and what the neighbours are like. As well as a good look around the inside of the house take a good look at the external walls too – what is the brickwork like? the windows? guttering? roof? These are all very important aspects to consider. Spending some time in the garden or outside of the property is vital.
Take a Second Look
It is recommended to view a property more than once before making an offer. Not only will this help you make your decision but you may notice something that you had overlooked on your first visit. Visiting the property at a different time of day will also help give you a feel for the local area – for example, you could visit in the day time when the roads were quiet but you might find in the evening that there is nowhere to park once people are all home from work.
To get the most out of your time at the property viewing ensure that you have read up on the Property Particulars, researched the area and made a list of any questions to ask. Whether this is your first property purchase or you are looking to move property, it can be useful to put together a list of your needs and wishes so that you can compare other properties and weigh up your decision.
Use Your Imagination
It can be difficult to picture yourself living in a property when it is filled with another family’s possessions. Try to imagine the rooms are empty and decorated neutrally. Remember that paint, carpets and fixtures can always be changed to suit your own taste.
Whether you are being shown around by an estate agent or the owners themselves it is worth preparing a few questions to ask which will help you find out more about the property, the area and the circumstances of the sale.
Some key questions to consider:
If allowed, taking photos or videos is useful so that you can reflect on your viewing once you are back home or share information with your friends and family.
If you are in the process of moving property or buying your first property and would like a conveyancing estimate, then please get in touch with our friendly Property Law Team today on 01256 305516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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