Plain sailing guide to viewing a new home

But unless you are fully prepared, it could easily become stressful and time-consuming, especially for first time buyers who have no experience and little idea of what to expect.
 
However, with a little forward planning on the part of both seller and buyer a viewing can quite easily be plain sailing.
 
Buyers:
 
–      Make a list of essential features you need your house to possess, for example numbers of bedrooms and size of garden  – but do have an element of flexibility.
 
–      Do some research into the local area to ensure that you are familiar with the amenities and facilities like schools, shops and GP surgeries.
 
–      Be aware of your budget and try not to waiver from it too much. There is no point buying a fantastic house if you cannot afford to live in it comfortably.
 
–      Take into account the age of the property and be prepared to spend money on minor adjustments if necessary.
 
–      Don’t view too many properties in one day, being tired and irritable may make the process stressful. View one or two and take your time to view them properly.
 
–      It may sound strange, but don’t view a home on an empty stomach! Being hungry may not allow you to focus the mind.
 
Sellers:
 
–      First impressions count. Make sure your home isn’t too personalised so that potential buyers can imagine themselves in it.
 
–      De-clutter, clean and touch up flaky paintwork or make any minor adjustments to enhancements around the home.
 
–      You can’t easily change the size of your room, but giving some thought to its layout could give the illusion of it being more spacious.
 
–      Be knowledgeable. If asked, give some idea of how much the Council Tax rate is and be armed with details about local bus services or the distance into town for viewers who are new to the area.
 
–      Maintain a great relationship with your estate agent and ensure your agent has a key for accompanied viewings in your absence.
 
–      Be realistic about pricing and be guided by your agent.
 
Harrison Murray commercial director Nick Salmon said: “Viewing a potential new home should be a hugely exciting prospect for the buyer and also the seller. Take a moment to think through the process to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible and above all – make a commitment to keeping your viewing appointment.”
 
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