5 questions to ask when viewing a house
When viewing a property, there are a few things worth planning in advance for, including what information you want to find out about the property. It can be easy to get caught up in the aesthetics or the excitement of potentially moving into a property and forget some of the things you should find out during that important stage.
Try to look at a property in a practical view and consider what matters to you in where you live. To help you get started, here are a few questions we think are important to ask during a viewing.
What is included in the sale / tenancy?
It’s important to find out exactly what you’d be getting. If you are renting, whether the property would be furnished and if this would incur an additional cost. Ask about what fixtures and fittings are included, as well as kitchen appliances and any outbuildings or sheds.
How long has the property been on the market?
If a property has been on the market for over 3 months, you should find out why the agent thinks this might be or if there are any problems which aren’t completely overpriced. It could also allow you to go in with a lower offer than asking price, whether this be for a sale or renting a property.
How long have the owners lived there?
This is important if the owners are selling or tenants are moving out after a short period of time, it could suggest there are issues with the property or neighbours.
What interest have they had so far?
If you can find out if any offers have been made or interest shown, this can give you an indication how competitive you need to be and at what price you should make an offer.
Have any major works been carried out?
If there have been major works, ask to see relevant planning and building information. You can also search for planning applications online to see if any work has been granted or refused.
If you are looking for a property, please view our current properties or get in touch to discuss what you’re looking for.