You’ve got a property viewing arranged; now you need to be prepared. It’s a good idea to arrive at the viewing with a list of questions to ask the estate agent. You’ll already have a good idea about some things from the property details, but the more you know about the property and the sale, the better.
Our top five things to ask during a viewing:
1. How long has the property been on the market?
This could be the most important question you ask. The answer can give you insight into the desirability of the property, whether it’s priced appropriately or if there might be underlying problems or issues putting buyers off.
2. Why is the owner selling and have they found somewhere?
It’s ok to be nosey. Finding out why the owner is selling gives you useful information about the property (whether they are moving because of it), if they are keen to move quickly (it could influence your offer), and whether you’ll be part of a chain which gives you a realistic expectation of the sale if your offer is accepted.
3. What’s included in the sale?
Avoid any surprises by asking what the seller is including in the price. Are they leaving any white goods (dishwasher, washing machine etc.), is the shed staying, are they leaving all the light fittings and the curtain rails?
4. What are the bills like?
Knowing the running costs of a property is important information for your household budget. Ask what council tax band the property is in, and find out what the average utility bills are.
5. What are the neighbours like?
The property could be perfect, but your neighbours will have an impact on your life, so you need to know whether they are noisy, anti-social or if there have been any difficulties in the relationship with the seller. Don’t forget to visit the property at different times of the day too, to get a realistic impression of the neighbourhood.
These may be our top five, but don’t stop there. Find out as much as you can about everything to do with the property and put yourself in the best possible position to make an informed offer should you want to.