You’ve checked out the property online. You’ve made an appointment to view. But before you head for what could be your dream property, there is work to be done.
Here is our guide for a successful property viewing.
House viewing checklist
Write a list of your must-haves, desirables and preferables. Also make a note of features you're willing to compromise on for the right property. Take the list with you and tick off and make notes during the viewing.
Popular properties get snapped up quickly. Ideally, everyone involved in the potential purchase should be at the viewing. If you have to move fast to secure it, there may not be time for a second viewing before you make your offer.
Getting a mortgage offer ready
Have your mortage agreed in principal and a solicitor instructed. This demonstrates that your offer is serious and you are in a good position to move forward. If a vendor is looking to sell quickly, your ability to proceed without delay may count for more than a higher offer from a less-prepared party.
The Mortgage Market Review in early 2014 has meant that mortgages are taking much longer to process. A good broker can speed things up.
Not everything is included in the property details and you will have lots of questions. Make a note of what they are and push for answers. This will give you the best chance of making a quick decision.
Concentrate on the elements that are important to you and don’t argue over minor points. Establish that you are happy to progress at the pace of the vendor and try to create a positive rapport. The aim at this stage is to get your offer accepted.
Make your best offer
Good quality property often sells above guide price, so don’t expect an asking price offer to be instantly accepted. If you are unsure of local values, speak to your agent who will have in-depth knowledge of previous sales in the immediate area. If you put your best offer on the table and it turns out to be too low, at least you won’t be kicking yourself for not offering more.
Savills teams of property experts, based in 80 offices in the UK and throughout our global network of 600 offices and associates, can help you find the right property, and guide you through the obstacles of buying and selling.