You’ve probably already worked out that the home buying process is a long one. Organizing your mortgage alone can take time. And, that’s before you even start the process of finding your perfect home. But, if you’re patient, you’ll be standing outside your first home viewing in no time. And, when you do, it’s essential you take a checklist along with you.
Obviously, the process of narrowing things down starts before viewings in the modern age. Once, you had no way of knowing what waited inside a property. Now, sites like Buyer’s Corner Realty allow you to see the intricacies of a house straight away. So, you should never go into a viewing blind. Take notes on each property, and ensure you have them with you. That way, you can refer to anything you were unsure of.
In more general terms, it’s worth developing a checklist which applies to every property you view. As well as ensuring the house meets your standards, this allows you to compare and narrow your selection. The points which feature change depending on your needs. But, we’ve put together a list of common factors you may want to consider.
- Size is probably the first thing you’ll notice. You’ll already have a rough idea what you want. If a house doesn’t meet your standards, it’ll be difficult to get behind. A house which is too small may not last you or suit your purposes. Hence, it’s important to have an idea of size before you go.
- Structure should also appear early in your list. Unless you’re after a project property, you want to ensure the structure is sound. During your viewing, make sure to look at the general condition of the property. Signs of damp could be a warning of structural issues. It’s also vital to pay close attention to the outside. Can you spot any cracks or other problems?
- Noise levels are another thing worth noting. If a house is on the main road or some other source of extreme noise, you might want to think twice. Take note of the noise levels both inside and outside of the property. Consider, long and hard, whether you would be able to live like that.
- The neighborhood is important too. You’ll be living here, after all. So, when you’re outside the property, take note of the area. It may also be worth doing some research beforehand. That way, you’ll have a better idea about crime levels and so on. If children are playing in the street, it’s a sure sign that the neighborhood is good. If the place is empty, you might want to think again.
- General feel could also make an appearance on your list. Bear in mind that, if a property ticks all other boxes, you can always add the homely touch later on. That said, we all love a property which puts us at ease straight away. If you get that feeling when you walk through the door, you might be onto a winner.