"I wish I'd asked..." is a commonplace feeling after a property viewing, so arm yourself with this checklist before you turn up on the doorstep.
Most homes are bought from a mixture of head and heart. You might spot a bargain, but if you can't stand the location, will you ever really settle? Conversely, you could fall in love with a property, yet if you've overstretched yourself financially, you won't be in position to enjoy it properly.
When you're stood on the doorstep with the estate agent about to start a viewing, there's nothing wrong with feeling excited, but staying objective is important too.
Hopefully, our checklist can help you here. So ask the agent, the seller, and sometimes yourself, the following questions as you go around and you could save yourself both time and money.
1. Inside the property
Does the property require updating?
If so, is it just cosmetic, or is there more serious work involved?
Is it worth getting an estimate for such work?
Is it a listed building or in a conservation area which might restrict any alterations?
Are the rooms big enough for your requirements?
If you believe the property has potential, arrange for a second viewing. You might want to take a friend whose opinion you value to come with you.
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- Our guide on how to buy a house
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- How to prepare your home for sale
- Guide to buying your first home
- Make the most of your home