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As we expect to see a significant increase in new enquiries over the next few weeks, we have put together a few handy tips which will help you make the most out of your viewings.

Make notes

It can feel a bit strange looking around someone else’s home, but remember, if you buy it you’ll probably be living there for at least a couple of years, so it's important to look around thoroughly! You should take notes as you go, asking questions and just getting a good sense of how the property feels. If you just wander from room to room, taking a quick look and then moving on, you won’t get a good feel for what it would be like to live there – and if you don’t ask enough questions you could miss something important. We recommend bringing a checklist so you can quickly record whether a property has everything you need, and you can compare this checklist with other properties - meaning you are well-informed when you come to make a formal offer. 

Think about how much space there actually is

When it comes to property, space is one thing you can never have enough of. Whether you’re looking to fit in that Queen-size bed or you need somewhere to store your belongings, space is incredibly valuable. Most agents will provide you with a floor plan, either on the particulars or online, and these can help give you an idea of how much room is available.

However, the best way of working out if a property is big enough is by paying attention to the way the current owner has laid out the furniture. This can help you work out how best make use of the property’s available space. If you know roughly how much room your items take up, you’ll be able to tell if they’ll fit. If not, you may need to find somewhere bigger – or you may need to get rid of a few things before you move!

You should also take note of how much storage is built in to the property, and take a look inside these units if you can – all space is useful space and having a few cupboards for storage can make a huge difference to your living areas.

Take a walk through the area

When you’re moving home, you’re not just choosing that building, you’re also choosing the neighbourhood around it.

If you’re moving into a new area, you should try to get to know it first – after all, you’ll probably be living there for at least a few years. You should ask yourself whether the neighbourhood is suitable for your family’s needs and lifestyle. This could mean proximity to shops and restaurants, good local schools, transport links or something else entirely, depending on what you feel is important.

It's best to have a walk around the neighbourhood after your viewing, to make sure the area feels right – and this will also make it much quicker to become familiar with the neighbourhood once you move in.

Once you’ve taken a good look, take another and maybe another

No matter how thorough you have been, it’s always possible that you have missed a couple of things, so we would recommend taking a second look to make sure - since you’re likely to live at your new home for a while. It is a good idea to visit the property a second time at a different time of day, to see if you feel the same way both times. This may also prompt you to ask a few questions you wouldn’t have thought of the first time around.

Don’t forget that your agent is there to help you, so be sure to ask them questions about the property and the local area, as this can be a big help when you’re making your final decision.

While buying a home is a big decision and it is important to make sure you are not rushing into making your choice, it is also vital that you don’t take too long instead. If you are interested in a property, there’s a good chance that someone else is too – and there isn’t much more disheartening than finally deciding to make an offer on a property only to find that another buyer has got there first.

If you’d like to get your property search started, you can view all of our properties for sale here.