When it comes to viewing properties, whether you’re seeking your first home or another addition to your property portfolio, there are many things you need to remember.
As your dedicated estate agents covering Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate, Redhill and various Surrey locations, we’ve come up with a list of tips to help you make the most of your property viewings.
What is the area like? Before even seeing the property, your judgement already starts to develop when you see the area its located in. For example, does it seem noisy? Local school/doctors? Is there enough on-street parking? Is the property close to sports grounds which may get busier? And most importantly, is it an area you would be happy to invest in?
Where does the property face? This is most important when seeking a garden you plan to make the most of during the summer months. If the garden is south facing, it will enjoy the benefit of the sun and plenty of light. Whereas a north facing garden will receive more dark than perhaps anticipated.
Look beyond staging. Of course, staging is a must when selling a home. However, as a buyer it’s important to look beyond the stage and envision how the house may look on moving day.
How do the electrics look? If any of the wiring looks suspicious, it could be dangerous and potentially expensive, so consider electrics, electric points and indeed, whether there are enough sockets for your needs before getting a nasty surprise later down the line.
How does the plumbing look? No, we’re not all plumbing engineers, but there are some simple tricks to ensure the plumbing is fine. Run the taps to check temperature and water temperature. Ask if pipes are insulated and confirm how the property is heated and/or how old the heating system is.
Structure – Again you don’t need to be an expert, you just need to know what to look out for, and it’s simple: big cracks. Homes are expected to get hairline cracks, but around extensions, end of terrace walls and bay windows can start to move away. We highly recommend getting a survey, which will provide you with the essential information you need to know about the structure of the home.
Storage – Storage space is valuable, and all too often, after moving into a new home, many realise that the storage is simply not enough. So upon viewings, this is an important aspect to consider.
Damp – No one wants to start off living in a new home with damp, so seek the tell-tale signs upon viewings. Including smell, flaky plaster, watermarks and possible newly repainting.