Viewing a property is a big moment – it could be the moment when you find your new future home. It’s therefore essential to ask the right questions to find out whether you really want to put in an offer. Here are a few of the most useful questions to ask.
1. Has It Had Any Work Done on It?
Has the property had any major work carried out on it, like extensions and conversions? This is important to find out because it could affect the price you are willing to pay for the property. Also, find out about other potential problems like damp because these could affect the price of the property.
If you are interested in making an offer, you’ll probably want to get a survey carried out. But always start by asking these questions at the viewing.
2. Why Is It Being Sold?
If you can, find out why the property is being sold in the first place. This is not always possible, and the seller might not want to give too much away. If you find out that the seller is moving because of a new job or they are in a rush for any other reason, it could give you more leeway in your offer.
The keener they are to sell, the more likely they are to accept a lower offer. Alternatively, if they are moving because of a problem with the property or the area, you will want to know this too.
3. Has It Been on the Market for Long?
If the property has been on the market for a long time, this could indicate that the seller is more willing to accept a lower offer because they are more keen to sell it. However, if the property has been on the market for a few months, it could be that there is a problem with it you don’t know about.
4. Are There Any Disputes with the Neighbours?
Neighbourly disputes can make your life a misery, and you will want to know what the neighbours are like before you make an offer. If the seller is moving because of a dispute, try to find out why. It may be that there is an issue that has not been dealt with, or the neighbours might be particularly difficult. Either way, you need to know.
5. What Are the Local Amenities Like?
Find out as much as you can about the local area. Ask the seller what they like and dislike about the area, and try to gauge how fond they are of it. You should quickly be able to tell if they like the area or not. If you have time, go for a walk around the area and take it in for yourself.
Ask As Many Questions As You Can
Always ask as many questions as possible on each viewing. If the sellers are present, ask them directly, otherwise ask the estate agent. You want to find out as much as you can about the property while you are there because everything you find out can help you to make a better decision about whether to put in an offer – and how much that offer should be.