There’s nothing worse than returning home from a viewing, only to remember all the things you forgot to ask! Actually there is something worse; finding a house, only to find out from your solicitors that an airport is going to be built behind it. Our vendors do all their own viewings so who better to answer all of your burning questions about the property and the local area. You need to get all the information you can get to assess the suitability of a property, so our expert consultants have provided you with a few tips to get the most out of your property viewing:
What are the neighbours like?
Make sure you ask the right questions here, like if they have children or dogs, or if there have been any disputes in the past with the neighbours. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions to get a better idea.
Are you aware of any planned developments in the immediate area?
So basically make sure there isn’t going to be an airport or a spaghetti junction behind the property this time next year, but your solicitor should find out this information for you anyway.
When was this replaced/serviced?
This is a big one so don’t be afraid of sounding like a broken record. Make sure you ask about things like the boiler, flat roofs, windows and anything else you think would be worth knowing.
Leasehold or Freehold?
This is important to know, although it is likely this information will already be listed. If a property is leasehold, or if you have use of communal space then extra charges may apply such as ground rent and service charges.
Distance to schools and shops?
If you have children then you likely will have some idea of how far away their school will be, but it’s definitely something to bring up with the vendor. It may be worth investigating yourself how long journeys will take; you could try walking/driving the journey during peak times if you have the time to do so.
Leave no stone unturned. Don’t be embarrassed to get on your hands and knees with a magnifying glass looking for mouldy corners or evidence of a bug infestation. If you have any concerns like this then raise it with the owners.
If there are any extensions or conversions on the property you should perhaps ask if they have the building regulations and planning permission.
It can be difficult to keep track of all the pros and cons of a property, especially if you’ve visited a fair few, so take lots of notes so you can sit down at home and think about each property more carefully. You may also find it useful to take your own photographs, rather than going through brochures and website listings.
Looking for a property?
We cover the whole of England & Wales, so take a look at our long list of available properties and find one that's right for you. Once you've found a property you want to view you can use the online 'Arrange a Viewing' link which is listed next to each property, or just give us a call and quote the property number.