When you are looking to buy a new home, you will always need to look around a large selection of homes before you do. The more properties you look at, the better idea you will get about the market and what’s available and the better equipped you will be to spot a bargain or a great property when you see one.
At the same time by looking around the maximum number of properties you can, you will also be able to quite simply avoid missing anything that might have proven to be just the property for you – if you only look at three then the fourth one that you didn’t look at might well have been the ideal home for you and the best bargain of them all.
However it’s not just important to get a high quantity of home viewings, but also a good quality – and it’s crucial to be as thorough as possible when you look at real estate to ensure you avoid missing anything important and to ensure that the property is in good condition and represents a good investment. Here are some tips to help you when you inspect the various properties.
Research Prior to Going
Prior to looking around the property it doesn’t hurt to do some research. To do this, have a look at the listing online or in the real estate agents, and take a note of any details such as post code, price etc. Then when you get back home, it also doesn’t hurt to have a look at the property on Google Maps. This way you can look at the neighborhood and see what the area looks like. Finally do some research on the area and the particular road by looking on Google and seeing what people have to say about it. The more informed you are, the more you will be able to discuss the property with the owners.
Write Down Your Questions
First of all it is a good idea to write down some questions to ask both the realtor and the property owners. It is always a good idea to ask as many questions as possible when you visit a property as this way you will be able to learn about the property and uncover any potential pitfalls. Questions to ask might be practical such as ‘how much of this furniture is going to stay?’ and ‘how old is the building?’ to more subjective and detailed such as ‘why did you decide to move?’ or ‘what is the neighborhood like?’. The problem is that often when we visit properties we tend to get caught up in the fluster of looking around and being shown everything, and this can cause us to forget what our questions are – or that we had any in the first place. Writing them down can help you to ensure this doesn’t happen.
It’s also very important to make sure that you look around each property thoroughly and that you inspect it as a forensic detective might inspect a crime scene. You are looking for any signs of structural stress, for mold and damp, for leaks or for trouble in the area. The problem that many people have when looking around is that they want to be quick and that they’re worried about being rude. In the long run though this is a huge expense and something you will have to live with every day for the foreseeable future. In other words you’ll be forgiven for being somewhat rude if it means you get a property that isn’t damaged or falling apart. You can use the same method as above and when you look around try using a checklist of things to look for.