When it comes to moving house, the house viewings are one of the most influential steps in choosing your new home so it is important to ask all the questions and get all the information you need to make an informed decision.
The estate agents are there to help you make the right decisions, so ask as many questions as you like! There are a range of trusted letting agents in Wigan and across the country to help you on your house hunting journey.
1. Why are the owners selling?
This one can be a good indicator as to whether the homeowners want a quick sale. For example, the reason for moving could be a career change meaning they need to move to a different area. This would put you in a good position especially if you were a first time buyer
2. How long has the property been on the market?
This is a key question to ask when viewing a house, if the house has been on the market for over 3 months, it is important to ask the estate agent why it isn’t selling. There will more than likely be a reason for this. It could be overpriced, therefore the seller could be willing to take a lower offer in order to sell the house.
3. What is the area like?
Crime rates? Local schools? These are all important questions to find out especially if you are moving to a new area. As well as asking your estate agents it’s also important to do some research yourself too before making such a big decision.
4. Have the sellers found their next property?
Finding out whether the current owners have found their next property is crucial as this will give you an idea on how long the moving process could take. Alongside this, if the sellers have found another property this can be a bonus as they will be looking for a quick sale and may even be willing to accept a lower offer.
In an ideal situation you would like a property to be chain-free to ensure a hassle free moving process.
5. Have there been any major renovations on the property in recent years?
When looking to buy a house it is important to find out if any major renovations have been recently done, as well as ensuring all the necessary planning permission was in place by asking to be provided with all the correct documents. This is an important step as if the correct planning isn’t in place for an extension for example, this could mean it would need to be ripped down.
There are a huge range of questions that are important to ask when you are viewing a property, so it is important to not only ask the questions necessary but also to do in depth research yourself on the house and the area. A great tip is to always make sure you view a house twice before making an offer, this can help you to spot things you didn’t initially spot which could put you off purchasing the house.