House Viewings – The 8 top tips for viewing property
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Whether you’re a seasoned house hunter or a first timer, there are always important things to remember when viewing. Here are the top 8 things, according to expert Joanne Lavelle, that you should remember when you’re viewing a property.
Get to know the agent! They are usually full of info on the house, so get as much information as you can from the agent. I recommend not writing notes during the viewing, as you’ll be concentrating more on writing your notes and less on the property.
If it’s an older property, it’s a good idea to ask whether any surveys have been carried out and whether the agent knows of any structural issues. Also, ask whether the property was rewired or replumbed in recent years.
Ask for a BER cert and if the BER is D or lower, ask the agent why.
Ask the agent what is included in the property. Usually, anything integrated (eg fitted fridge) is included, however it’s good to clarify early on, to prepare for later expenditure.
Heating is critical – ask if you can turn the heating on while you’re there, and see if the radiators heat up. If it’s oil or gas heating, ask about the boiler’s service history.
If you’re looking for a house to grow into, see if there is space either in the garden to extend or in the attic to convert it. But it’s important to as about the planning history of the house and whether any previous owners have extended.
You’re not only considering a home but also a neighbourhood: the agent may know something about the neighbours, so it’s worth asking. Also, take a little peak at neighbours’ gardens as that will tell a lot!
Working from home? Be sure to ask about and test the local wifi!