You’ve narrowed your options down to a few listings that seem ideal, so the last thing you want to do is waste your time with either viewing a property that isn’t for you, or going into a viewing completely unprepared. When you have London buying agents, they’ll make sure to find you only the properties you actually want to see, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be involved.
The Perfect London Property Viewing
The first thing to understand about a property viewing is that there’s virtually no such thing as the perfect viewing. There’s always going to be a list of pros and cons that you come out with. That’s the nature of the property search; finding the right place means going through all the good and bad to find the best fit.
Viewings are an important part of that process, whether you’re first-time buyers, looking for a vacation home or looking to buy a property to fix up and rent out. You need to be present to really understand what you’re getting into. The great part about hiring London property consultants is that we can take care of all the headache-inducing details like finding the right properties to view, negotiating terms, etc. The viewing is likely to be the most involved part of the experience, so you’ll need some tips going in.
Don’t rush it.
The first thing you should probably do is have a list of all the things that you want to see going in. If we’ve set up a viewing for you in the London property market, you know that you’re going to be seeing the things you’ve asked for. Having items written down or prepared in your mind will help you in not overlooking the small things that you care about, such as a private terrace or stainless steel appliances.
Look for the things you never thought to look for.
There might be a lot of things hidden in a property that you might not even notice by just walking through on a normal viewing. In this case, you can discover those things by not only looking carefully for yourself but by asking questions. Do not be afraid to ask about the wiring or how long it has been since renovations or updates have been made. Since it will potentially be your home, these are not things you can afford to overlook.
Can you make the house a home?
It’s important that you’re able to see yourself in a home or flat that you are viewing. Sure there will probably be prop furniture and such around the property, but try to visualize the rooms with your own items and see if you feel comfortable in the space. If the viewing doesn’t leave you feeling like you can make the house a home, it’s probably best to keep looking.