Questions You Should Be Asking Your Estate Agent On A Viewing
We understand viewings can be stressful and sometimes it is hard to think of the right questions to ask. To make things easier we have put together our top questions you should be asking your estate agent on a viewing.
How long has the property been on the market?
This should be the first question you ask as it is the most important. If the property has been on the market for more than half a year then you need to ask yourself why and delve deeper with your line of questioning.
Exactly what is included?
Are bills included? It is important to understand exactly what is included and make sure you see all of what you are getting. If you are sharing the property with other tenants it can allow you to work out how the payments will be split.
Zoopla has a handy tool that can work out the running costs of each property. Why not check out our properties on Zoopla:
This article from the Money Advice Service provides updated information on the average cost of utility bills per month. View article.
Is furniture included and what items? Some items could be an existing tenant, so it’s always best to make sure. Visualise the room as being empty so you can work out where you can place your own furniture.
What is the area like?
While of course it is important to do some research of your own into an area, it is always a good idea to see what the estate agent has to say about the area. Are there any good transport links? What are the schools like? How far away is the town centre? Make sure to ask the estate agent about their personal opinion, would they be happy living here?
How long did the previous occupants live in property?
Did they spend a short amount of time in the property? Ask why. Was there something about the property that caused them to move out, or was it simply noisy neighbours? While the estate agent might not know the details, it is always an important question to ask.
How much is the council tax?
It is important to find out which valuation band the property will come under. This is because each local authority will charge a monthly cost for each different band.
Discount/exemptions may be available. Check your local council tax band by visiting the Gov website https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands
How energy efficient is the property?
April this year Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards were introduced, which required landlords to make sure their rental properties had an Energy Performance Certificate rating of at least an 'E-'.
Agents should have the property’s Energy Performance Certificate viewable on their website. If you are unable to find a valid link to the certificate, make sure to ask your agent during the viewing.