What to look for in a viewing

Every home is different, and they will all have their quirks. What matters to you is going to be as individual as the colour you choose to paint a kitchen. But it is important to look beyond some of the surface elements and try to see the potential of any property you are viewing.

Just as every home is different, every buyer is different too and what matters to you won’t be the same as other people. Begin by making a checklist of everything that is important such as:

  • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Reception rooms and kitchen.
  • The garden and parking.
  • The location of the property and its proximity to the local facilities that matter most to you, such as good schools, shops, and pubs

Next you might want to think about things like:

  • The road where the property is located.
  • Security and privacy at the front and back.
  • Any obvious external repairs that may need to be done.
  • Outside paintwork and windows.
  • The décor, but do not be put off by anything that is not to your taste as paint, wallpaper and floor coverings are all easily replaced.
  • The quality of the kitchen units and bathroom fittings.
  • The size of bedrooms and the direction they face – on to the road for example.
  • Any outside buildings or sheds and garages.
  • The smell of the property and staining on the walls or around skirting boards and flooring will give you a sense of whether there is any damp or not.
  • The amount of storage and whether there is scope for more to be added, after all you can never have too many cupboards.
  • The location of streams, ponds, and rivers as this may affect the cost of insurance.

And do not forget to ask or check the costs of heating, lighting, and council tax.

This list isn’t exhaustive and is not designed to provide you with a tick list because some people will be looking for the perfect, walk-in home and others a doer-upper they can stamp their own personalities on.

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