Think about how the time of year might affect the property
One of the major influences upon the appeal of a property will be the season. For instance, whenever you view a house, it will always look more attractive during the Spring when the days are longer, and any plants or foliage have started to blossom. From the outside at least, this will give a great first impression and add an instant visual appeal.
Whilst this is also the case during the Summer, this warmer time of year is also a great opportunity to get an idea of how well ventilated the property is. Make sure you pay attention to how warm or cold the property is, as this might be an indicate a potential issue. On the other hand, the winter can also be a great time to gauge the quality of the central heating, as well as check on the radiators.
In addition to the weather, it’s also important to consider the impact that the seasons can have upon the property market. This sometimes results in significant variations in the asking price or urgency of sale. For instance, if the house has been on the market for a long time and hasn’t sold, it might be a sign that something is wrong. It might be the location, parking arrangements or something else entirely. However, it’s also worth noting that market trends show that winter months are typically a more difficult time to sell, with most people looking to buy during the spring or summer.
Consider viewing the property at different times of the day
It’s always a good idea to view a house early in the morning or late in the afternoon. That way you can get a good idea on how local traffic might affect your daily commute. By tracking the duration of the journey and taking the time to drive around the area, you’ll build up a much better picture of your daily life in this new home.
What’s more, we would also recommend that you visit the neighborhood in both the day and night. Although it might seem like a quiet and subdued area during daylight, after the sun goes down you may find that the street can change drastically – especially if the home is located near a school, restaurant or pub. Not to mention the fact that a home can feel very different during the night than it does in the day. All these additional visits will provide you with a clearer understanding of both the area and the property.
Take the opportunity to get a second opinion when you view a house
If you are planning on a second or third viewing, you may find it helpful to take a friend or family member (whose opinion you trust) to give their thoughts on the home. This fresh pair of eyes may spot a defect or issue that you missed, or simply help you to concentrate on the things that will be important to you.
You may also want to consultant the advice of a professional to ensure that you have complete peace of mind before purchase. When you request the services of a RICS accredited surveyor, they will be working on your behalf to provide an unbiased assessment on the condition of your home. Their report will highlight any significant issues, as well as their independent advice regarding repairs and maintenance. To learn more about the benefits of a chartered surveyor, click here.
If you’ve already started to view houses, you will undoubtedly benefit from a property survey. For expert advice, please contact our professional and friendly sales team by telephone on 01249 444465 or on email via firstname.lastname@example.org.