How To Make the Most Out of Your Property Viewing
Once you’ve finished your property search and identified potential rental properties that fit your criteria, the next step is to arrange viewings. We always recommend booking a viewing to check out the property before deciding if it’s the one for you, but is there a specific way to approach viewings and what are the kind of questions that should be asked?
Here’s our 6 top tips to help you make the most out of your next property viewing.
Take A Friend
The more pairs of eyes you have looking at a property the better. Taking a friend or family member with you will give you the chance to spend time discussing the property and getting a second opinion. Even if you’re planning to live alone, take someone with you as they may spot something you miss.
Don’t be afraid to ask us plenty of questions when looking around a property to rent. It’s a big commitment moving into a new property so write a list of everything you want to find out and bring it with you to the viewing. Some of the questions that we suggest that you ask include…
- How long is the contract?
- What local amenities are nearby?
- What are the neighbours like?
- How energy efficient is the property?
- How do I report any problems on the property?
- How soon are you looking to let the property?
- What are the rules for pets/redecoration?
- Who’s holding my deposit and how does it work?
Taking pictures and videos is a great way of ensuring that you can look back at a property and to compare it to any others. It will also allow you to plan where certain furniture or household items would go if you were to move in.
It’s always best to check if the viewer is happy for you to take photos before you get your camera out – although this is rarely a problem!
It’s important to know from the start how much it will cost you to live in the property as more than likely it will be your biggest monthly outgoing payment. Ask about the financial costs such as insurance, council tax, parking, gas and electricity bills when viewing the property so you know exactly what’s included and how much you’ll be expected to pay.
The property may look spacious with no furniture, but be sure to imagine all of your furniture and belongings there! Does it have everything you really want and need? Does the property look like it has enough room or will it end up being cluttered? Consider the number of rooms, size of the garden, garage and parking space as well as exploring the cupboards, shelves and any spare space to ensure there’s enough storage. If you’re returning for more than one viewing you could always take a tape measure to check your furniture will fit in there too!
Book Another Viewing
With so many things to consider we recommend viewing your potential new home at least once or twice before making your choice. It’s always worth taking a walk around the local area and neighbourhood to evaluate how close every day amenities, transport links and services are from the property. Going back will confirm your first impressions and give you a feel of what it’s really like to live there before taking the next step…
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