Friday, 30 January 2015

Checklist for property viewings

  • Arrange mortgage (“agreement in principle”) before you view.
  • Arrange viewings quickly (to avoid missing out).
  • Evening or weekend viewings are common but Saturdays may be busy for agent - consider taking time off work.
  • View in the evening, when everyone home (noise levels).
  • View in the day, to check amount of daylight.
  • Make as many viewings as you need (some people view five times)
  • Be suspicious if owner is inflexible on viewing times.
  • Measure the rooms (some agents lie)
  • Check the aspect with a compass.
  • Take photos.
  • Don’t act like you love it.
  • On final viewing, check things which survey will not do (boiler, heating, fitted cupboards, etc)
  • If possible, get owner’s phone number so you can arrange other viewings at leisure.
  • Or arrange viewing for a time you know agent is not open, so can get owner on their own.
  • If possible, speak to the neighbours - ask about neighbourhood.
  • For flats, check common areas (any capital expense needed for which you could be assessed?)
See other tips on Buying a Property and Selling a Property.

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