House viewing tips when viewing a house
49% of Brits believe it’s possible to find love within seconds when it comes to property
“A home is so much more than just a building. It’s a place where people can start a family and make memories, so it’s no surprise that the right property can give Brits butterflies,” says Alistair Singer, E-commerce Director at My Home Move Conveyancing. “The search for the dream home can be daunting but when you know, you know – and there are many things prospective sellers can do to help make buyers fall in love right away. Small details and features can make a big difference – whether it’s a well-maintained flower garden or clever storage solutions.”
“The search for the dream home can be daunting but when you know, you know”
Get clued up and find a home that ticks all your boxes with our top house viewing tips:
Go for a drive past
Drive past the property before your viewing to get a feel for the area. You could even park up and familiarise yourself with the neighbourhood. Try to do this on different days and times to get a feel for day-to-day life.
Take your time
It’s important not to rush your viewing, despite only being allocated a short slot. If you’re serious about the property, take as much time as you need to look around.
If you didn’t manage to find out everything on your first visit and you’d like to spend more time in the house, remember that you can always arrange a second viewing. This is quite common before making an offer on a property.
Keep your cards close to your chest
How should you act when viewing a house? You want to seem keen, but not overly so. You don’t want to indicate that you’re so in love with the home that you’ll do anything possible to get it, as the owner might feel they can push you for a higher offer. However, try to find the right balance and don’t seem disinterested. A seller is more likely to favour and trust a potential buyer that seems engaged and eager, particularly when there are more offers on the table.
Leave a good impression
Being friendly and confident, as well as showing you’re a serious, reliable buyer can help you make a good first impression. You can also build a rapport with the seller or estate agent by arriving on time for the viewing, and being positive and polite. If you like the property, show you’re eager to start moving quickly to increase your chances of having an offer accepted.