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5 things to check for when you do a property viewing

Tuesday 17 September 2019, by
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On the hunt for a new home? The property market can be daunting, especially when competitive or you’re under time constraints. Read up on our top tips so you’ve covered all your bases – you’ll be happy to have addressed any issues upfront and can go into your tenancy on even footing.

Be prepared.

Make a list of questions you’d like to ask to ensure you don’t forget anything during the viewing, such as how much utility and council tax bills are. In addition to the landlord or property agent, it’s a good idea to ask questions from the current tenant, if they’re home. They can give an honest answer about their experience with the property and relationship with the landlord. It’s important to arm yourself with as much intel as possible in order to make an informed decision later on.

Bring a friend.

Always bring someone with you. It’s safer, and they’ll be able to offer a second opinion or ask questions you may not have thought of.

Do a careful inspection.

Ensure everything is clean and in good working order. Damp can be a headache down the road, so keep an eye out for peeling paint or ceiling stains. Ask if anything needs to be repaired, and ensure that the landlord intends to see to them in a reasonable time frame before the move-in date. Ask that these conditions are included in the tenancy offer. If there are any locked doors, find out what’s behind them. 

Check the inventory.

If the property will be furnished when you move in, get a good idea of what will actually be left for your use. Along with a list of the items, make sure the inventory details the condition everything is in. A good one will include photos and be as thorough as possible. If anything is going to be replaced, ask what condition the new items will be in so that you’re still getting what was promised.  

Inspect the outside.

If you do a second viewing, go at a different time of day and explore nearby streets to get a better feel for the neighbourhood. If the property has a garden, inquire about whose responsibility it is to take care of it. If the garden is communal, there’s a good chance the property owner will maintain it for you.


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