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Is there a right way to view a house?

Follow our ten step-guide to viewing a property to maximise your chances of snapping up that perfect home.


Follow our ten step-guide to viewing a property to maximise your chances of snapping up that perfect home.

There is an art to viewing a property. Whizz through a house in five minutes and you will miss vital details. Dawdle for an hour and you will be exhausted after viewing three properties. It is important to focus, size up the strengths and weaknesses and, most of all, ask the owner/agent the right questions. Here is our 10-step guide on how to carry out the perfect viewing.

1. Take notes as you go round a house. It is surprising how quickly important details about a property fade in the memory.

2. Bring a tape measure with you. It is no good earmarking a room for your pool table/grand piano if the room is two feet too narrow.

3. Bring a camera/mobile phone on which you can take pictures. You will need to ask the owner’s permission, obviously, but it is a good way of logging small details.

4. Take particular care to assess how much storage space there is in the various rooms. Some seemingly-spacious houses may be impractical, while others make excellent use of space.

5. Try to spend as much time as possible in the ‘main’ room of the house, perhaps the family kitchen/dining-room. It will give you a feel for what day-to-day living in the property would be like.

6. If the property has a garden, walk around it and get a feel for it. How much maintenance will it need? How private is it? What will it be like at different times of year?

7. Unless you already know the area well, ask in detail about local traffic links and other amenities.

8. If it looks as if you might want to add an extension/loft conversion, make sure to ask about planning permission. Is there anything in the property’s location/history that might make it hard for you do the renovation work you want?

9. Don’t be shy of asking casually, ‘What are the neighbours like?’ If the owner reacts like a scalded cat, there might be a problem there. But if you are serious about the property, then you might go and knock on the neighbour’s door and introduce yourself.

10. If you arrange a second viewing, plan it for a different time of day to the first viewing. Some properties look great during the day, less good at night, and vice versa.

House-hunting can be both physically and emotionally draining. But if you learn to sift the wheat from the chaff efficiently, you can take a lot of the hassle out of the process.

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