House viewing is crucial to the home buying process. Without seeing a property, you’ll have no understanding of layout, location, or feel. Much of real estate has moved online in recent years, but the majority of internet listings still recommend viewings. There’s no replacement for the benefit of seeing somewhere in the flesh.
You need to start phoning around agents the moment you’re ready to buy your first home. The more house viewings you arrange, the better chance you have of finding that one property which captures your heart. But, let’s say you discover it. It’s love at first sight, the moment you set foot through that front door. You’re ready to make an offer seconds after saying goodbye to the realtor. Should you do it? Of course not.
Aside from reducing your chances of a bargain, being too keen could leave you in for some unpleasant surprises. After all, how much can you know about a house after only seeing it once? Compare this to marrying someone after only one date. At this stage, you’ll be operating on initial attraction and appearance alone. You don’t yet know much about his personality or annoying habits and whether they could be deal-breakers.
You’re spending so much on this house that you may as well be marrying the thing. Don’t fall for that house’s good looks right away. Instead, hold back on making that offer. Spend a little more time making the most of these follow-up house viewing tactics.
Always view more than once
Make an effort to view any property more than once. That initial house viewing is all about your gut feeling. Sadly, that doesn’t leave you in the best position to make wise investment choices. When you view a second time, however, you should take the heart out of the matter. You already know that you like the property, so it’s not a question of that. Instead, you need to focus on things like how practical the actual layout is for your purposes.
Arm yourself with a tape measure
If your heart is set on a place, arm yourself with a measuring tape during a subsequent house viewing. Doing so will help if you’re having some issues working out where things could go. By measuring your furniture against your potential home, you can make 100% sure that everything will fit. Don’t worry about getting stuck in like this. Realtors are quite used to clients whipping tape measures out of their back pockets.
It’s worth measuring everything, from the size of any corners to the dimensions of the doors. It’s no use your furniture fitting if you can’t get it in, after all. Door frame dilemmas are sure to see any moving day going downhill fast. Even if you have your heart set on a place, foreseeing issues like these will ensure you’ll work your way towards a solution ahead of time. But, you won’t know unless you measure!
Visit during different times of day
Often, realtors will arrange a house viewing during mid-morning or early afternoons, because they know that these are likely quite times in any given area. They somewhat tailor the viewing experience to paint a house in a positive light. That’s business, and it isn’t the realtor’s fault if you don’t consider this. It’s worth either arranging viewings at more typically busy times or driving past yourself.
Early mornings or after five in the evening are when people head to and from work. It may well pay to see what traffic is like at that property during these times. You may well find that the quiet road which didn’t bother you before is a nightmare for rush hour traffic. Think, too, about viewing the property during the evening.
These are small matters which you need to be sure of before you sign on that dotted line. Fail to take your time here, and your dream house could fast end up as a nightmare. So, contact your realtor, and get into the habit of driving by so that you can get a decent feel for things all day long.
Visit through a variety of weathers
It’s also worth noting that you should do the same thing depending on the weather. It should go without saying that the property will look more appealing on a sunny day than on a rainy one. That in itself, of course, shouldn’t stop you from putting in an offer. What could cause a hindrance in your works are any signs of flooding in the area during weather like this.
That may not be enough to stop you buying, but it will indicate you need to contact companies like Leibel Insurance Group before you move forward. They’ll be able to offer protection for your property in case the worst happens. Equally, you may find it beneficial to pass your potential property during icy conditions. If a house is on a slight incline, icy pavements could become a real hazard that you may not want to face on a regular basis. And, none of these realizations are likely to come to you from one house viewing alone.
Speak to the neighbours
Many homeowners also opt to have brief conversations with neighbours before making an offer. By this, I don’t mean that you should knock on the door next door and strike up a conversation. That would be a clear case of crossing boundaries. But, it may pay to start chatting to any neighbours you see out in the street. The fact is that both your realtor and the vendor of the property in question have a reason to push you into buying
Get a professional opinion
As I’ve already mentioned, many of us struggle to get past our heart’s desires when we’re viewing houses. That’s the reason that many of us end up facing severe repair work after paying a fortune for a property. We don’t think to look for those foundation issues. That’s why my last pointer is that you should hire a property surveyor to view the house for you ahead of an offer. Again this isn’t unusual, so don’t be shy to ask your realtor to facilitate this
I get why you would want to make an offer on your dream house straight away? After all, you’ve waited a long time, and the end is close now. But, for the sake of a few extra weeks, the above pointers could make all the difference to your life. Is it worth skipping that small amount of time after all the years you’ve spent saving?