Your property viewing checklist
Buying a new property is a big decision which shouldn’t be rushed. However, the average person spends just 25 minutes viewing a home before putting in an offer. During a viewing, it’s important to take your time inspecting each room and the garden. This will help you to make a sensible, rational decision rather than allowing your heart to override your head. To help you make the right choice, we’ve created a property viewing checklist which covers everything you need to look for when viewing a house.
1. Is the property light and airy?
2. Is there enough space?
Look at each room in detail. Is there space in the kitchen for a dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer? Would there be enough room to store everything you own? Could you add shelving or cupboards? Is there a garage?
When buying a new build, you’ll be given a floorplan of the property to look over before it’s finished. If there’s one available, you’ll also be able to view showhomes on each development, to gage the available space and see if it’s the type of home you’ll be comfortable living in.
3. Which direction does the garden face?
4. What are the neighbours like?
5. Is there sufficient parking?
6. Are there good transport links?
Are you close to stations or major motorway junctions which will make it easy for you to get to work or to see family? It might be worth doing a dummy run at rush hour to check.
If the property is on a busy road you might want to come back and see what traffic is like at different times of the day. If you’re moving onto a new build development, you’ll be able to gauge how much traffic there will be by the number of properties there are.
7. What’s the neighbourhood like?
Take your time to scout out the neighbourhood. Is the property close to a pub? Are there cafes, parks or schools nearby? You might also want to be close to green spaces.