When we go to view a property to buy we will always start out with the best of intentions. We know this is a big important decision and a huge investment, and no doubt most people are very nervous doing so.
However while we might intend to view a property thoroughly, when we get there we tend to feel shy that we’re trespassing into someone’s home and their free time, and we kind of get swept up in the song and dance that the estate agents give us. As such it’s often difficult to get in all the questions and all the checks you want to get in, which is why we end up with hardly any memory of what we’ve seen and annoyed at ourselves for forgetting lots of questions.
Viewing a property in fact is an art and here we will look at how to make sure you get it right.
Take your time
This is the first and most important point to consider – that you should just be sure to take your time.
As mentioned lots of us feel almost guilty when we’re looking around a house and don’t want to intrude which means we’ll go round quickly. Of course though this is the wrong attitude – remember you’re about to give this person potentially thousands of pounds or dollars of your cash, so the least they can do is to spare an hour. If you’re booking multiple properties then book them far apart and don’t let the estate agent rush you either.
When you go to view a property this can feel like an exciting whirlwind and when you come out it’s almost like being shell shocked as you try to take in everything you’ve just seen.
Taking some photos as you go around then makes sure that you don’t forget anything important and means that you can check any details you’re struggling on and that you can better imagine what it might be like to live there.
When you’re in the property you aren’t just looking for any structural issues. At the same time you should also be thinking about how it will practically fit into your lifestyle and one of the best ways to do that is with some visualization.
Imagine this is your house and that you have to fit your furniture here – would you be able to? And would you be happy to show guests that this was where you are living now? And where would you spend your evenings? How would you decorate the living room?
These visualization exercises can make everything a lot more real and will help you to simulate living there so you do an almost ‘trial run’.
Write down questions
You should take with you a list of questions to ask the current owners/the estate agents. This way you’ll not forget any crucial points you wanted to mention and avoid coming out kicking yourself. It might seem over the top, but it’s a smart move.
Once you’ve done all this you will know that you’ve done at least all that you can do. Now just make sure you use the best professionals from the conveyancer to the surveyors to concur with you.
The above guest post is shared by real estate and property blogger, Jason William.
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