What to look for on a sales viewing

Moving home is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime, and buying a house is one of the biggest decisions you will face. Make sure to think about you and your families needs as this could be a home you will be with for the foreseeable  future. So what should you look for on a sales viewing? Well take a step back and let us explain to you just that.

Take a personal look

Even before you go for your viewing it is advised to go see the property for yourself, while you will not be able to go into the property you can get a scope of the area and view the property from the outside.

You can get a personal feel for how the property looks as well as the neighbourhood itself, and assess things such as traffic noise, the area at night, the nearest schools, transport routes, pubs, restaurants and neighbourhood aesthetics.

Question time

Before you go out on your viewing make sure to make a list of all the important aspects of a property that are important to you, and also writing down the questions you wish to ask.

On a viewing it is easy to get distracted by the décor and information being provided to you by your viewing representative. Don’t forget what it was you wanted to ask!   

Check external property features

Make sure to be thorough when checking the outside of the property, there is nothing worse than buying a property to later find loose tiles and guttering in disrepair.

Don’t be afraid to be meticulous on the viewing, you need to be fully knowledgeable on the condition of the house you could potentially be purchasing. Taking  a detailed look around  also allow you to create a plan on any future repairs or improvements you will make in the future.

So what’s included in the sale?

Always make sure to ask the current owner what they will be leaving behind as part of the sale such as carpets or kitchen appliances.

It is important to understand this as there may be items you do not wish to be left in the property once purchased, and by explaining this to the owner you could save on removal costs by negotiating with the seller.

Safety and Security

When was the fuse box last changed? When was the boiler last serviced? Is there fire detection systems and do they work? These are all important questions that need to be asked.

Is there an alarm system in place? Are all windows lockable? Again make sure you ask the owner. Security should be the number one priority when buying a home, the last thing you want is to find out the alarm is faulty or not in place in the first instance.

Great. No signal.

Something overlooked by many buyers is phone signal. Can you make a call? Does your signal keep cutting out? While this by far isn’t the most important aspect of a property it is always a good idea to go to different spots in the property and try making a call. There will be nothing worse than having to step outside just to receive a text message!

A study from RootMetrics confirmed that nearly half of the 2,076 adults they questioned said they would reconsider renting or buying a house if they knew the mobile coverage would be poor.

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