Top 5 Tips for viewing a home which is for sale

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Home Buyer Tips for viewing a property

Picture Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/sep/19/tenants-week-landlord-diary
Picture Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/sep/19/tenants-week-landlord-diary

Properties are a big deal so you should give them the attention they deserve. Some people just spend half an hour inspecting a house that they plan to make their home for the considerable future. Even if you don’t plan on living there long, if you make a mistake you will live to regret it; real estate has a habit of being ruthless.  To make sure that doesn’t happen have a look at these top tips. They are a lifesaver.

Are You Being Fooled?

Unless you’re viewing the property with your own Buyers Agent (and you trust him/her), keep in mind that the Listing Agent works for the home seller, and often willtry anything to sell the property , within reason. They are not your friends, so they don’t have your best interests at heart. In that respect, look out for tricks and sleight of hand that make the property seem more appealing. A nicely placed mirror, decent lighting or a lick of paint might just be enough to trick you, so watch out.

Is It Sound Structurally?

The interior of the house might look like the inside of Buckingham Palace, but it doesn’t mean anything if the building is about to fall. The structure and foundations of a property are difficult to spot because they are underground and don’t show up until something is about to go wrong. Look for big cracks and subsidence as they are a dead giveaway. If you have any issues, get a surveyor to give it the once over.

Space

Space is in short supply so make sure there is enough of it. Space isn’t just about the rooms and what you can fit in; it is also about what you can’t fit in. Chances are you will have a lot of stuff, but what are you going to do with it if there is no storage space? Of course,saving space is just as important as well, so you do have leeway, but you are not a magician. You do have to be a bit of a psychic because you need to look into the future if your little family plans on growing. It all needs taking into account.

The Surrounding Area

How is the area? Are the transport links good, what about the schools for the children and even the shops? Are they close enough to walk to, or do you need to drive for ten minutes? In the end, it all depends on what you are willing to put up with, but it isn’t rocket science that the nearer and the better the facilities are, the easy it is for you.

Damp

It sounds innocuous enough, but damp is a big issue. It can get into the foundations and cause a lot of troubles that you don’t want. Tell-tale signs are mould and fresh paint to cover over damp that may be there.

It takes time, and it is a lot more hassle, but thisproperty could be in your life forever, so you need to get it right. If you don’t, then your life will be a lot harder.

Bonus Tip

There are many reasons why, as a home buyer, you should work with your own agent.  Don’t gamble with the largest investment you’ll most likely ever make: hire your own agent to represent you in the process.

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