What not to do when viewing a property
Looking for a new property can be an exciting time but at the same time, it can be exhausting, disappointing and frustrating.
You may have found the ideal property, more than once, only to have someone make a better offer, or to have their offer accepted before you even contacted the estate agent.
Buying a home can be brutal.
But if you take note of some of the things you shouldn’t do when viewing a property you may find your dream home quicker.
Dealing with estate agents and house sellers is like playing poker. You don’t want them to see your hand.
So when viewing a property don’t let on about how much you love it.
Jumping up and down with excitement tells the vendor that you may pay more than the asking price and therefore you put yourself on the back foot immediately in regard to negotiating.
The second thing you shouldn’t do is be put off by the vendor’s hideous furniture, eye-watering art or migraine-inducing feature wall wallpaper.
This is quite difficult, especially if there is something dominating a room. Try to view every property as a blank canvas.
The art and furniture will be gone and the feature wall can be re-decorated. But the shape and flow of the rooms are what is key when deciding if a property is right for you.
At a house viewing, don’t be afraid of asking questions, especially about things the vendor may seem to be trying to avoid discussing – like the damp patch or the sinkhole in the garden.
The more information you have the easier it will be for you to make the decision regarding the most expensive purchase you will ever make.