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What Buyers should look for when viewing a Property

Monday, 25th July 2011

Categories: Sales

Author: Peter Barry

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned property hunter, there are certain key things that you should look out for when you go for that all-important first viewing

The Internet has been a huge help for property hunters and estate agents alike, as it has cut down substantially on the number of wasted viewings. With interactive floor plans, photos, accurate room measurements, area guides and street maps now available at the click of a mouse, you can really hone down your property search and disregard all but the most suitable properties. So, when you turn up for that first viewing, you should feel confident that you already know the property quite well. This means you have more time to concentrate on the finer details. Here are a few things to look out for:

Neighbours’ Houses
You can get a fairly good idea about the street and local area by checking out other houses. Are they well kept? Are the front gardens tidy? If the neighbours have cars up on bricks and broken windows, alarm bells might ring and you should ask why the vendors are moving.

If you own a car, find out about parking arrangements on the street. Some councils operate a parking permit scheme, whilst in some roads there’s a daily bun fight over too-few spaces.

Don’t dismiss it on Décor
Interior decoration is very personal so don’t write off a house just because the walls are tangerine and there’s an avocado bathroom suite. As long as the changes are cosmetic, a new lick of paint actually gives you the chance to put your own stamp on a property and make it your own.

Check the Windows
Windows are costly to repair or replace so take a close look at them on your viewing. Make sure they all open and check for obvious signs of rot and decay in wooden windows.

Look for Cracks or Signs of Damp
It’s possible to hide small cracks and damp patches but if you smell damp be sure to enquire about it. Many problems can be easily sorted and they’ll come up on the survey but it’s good to get a heads-up before you put in an offer.

Look at the Roof
Again, the roof can be pricey to repair. You should be able to see any obvious problems if you stand on the other side of the road to get a better look. Leaning chimneys, loose tiles and blocked gutters are all warning signs.

If you are currently looking to buy a property please call us on 020 8360 4777 or register your details with us. Our experienced sales team will be on hand to inform you of any suitable properties we currently have available.

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