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Top tips for viewing a property

Metta Stockman


Navigating a competitive housing market can be challenging, especially for first-time buyers. With multiple viewings often necessary to secure a new home, it’s essential to approach each one prepared and informed. We’ve highlighted our top tips below for viewing a property to help you make the most of every visit.


List what matters to you

Before viewing any properties, make a list of the things that you want it to have. Be strict about splitting the list into essentials and desirables, then take the list along with you to viewings and use it as a checklist as you walk through the property.


Always read the Home Report before viewing a property

All properties in Scotland will be marketed with a Home Report. The report should include information on the condition, value, energy efficiency, and charges associated with the property. You can request a copy of the Home Report from the selling agent. The Home Report will help you to be as informed as possible ahead of viewings, and to avoid wasting time on viewing properties that have issues you may not be willing to take on.


Neighbourhood check

The area you are moving to is almost as important as the house itself. Take a walk around to get a feel for what the area is like and make sure that it has the amenities you require.


Visit the property more than once

If you like a property, don’t be afraid to view it more than once. Ideally, return at different times so you know what the area is like at night and during the day.


Be nice!

It’s human nature that we become attached to the property we live in. Therefore, most of us would probably like to sell it to someone friendly who we think will look after the home we have lived in for years. It never hurts to make a good first impression on the homeowner when they’re showing you around their home. If they are faced with two similar offers, it could just sway things in your favour!


Take notes and photos

While viewing multiple properties, it’s easy to forget details. Take notes and, if allowed, photos of each property to help you remember what you liked and disliked about each one.


Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask the seller or agent questions about the property. Inquire about the age of the roof, the condition of the boiler, or any recent renovations. The more you know, the better informed your decision will be.


Check the practicalities

Check mobile phone reception and internet speeds in the area. Make sure the property has enough storage and that the layout suits your lifestyle.


Look beyond the décor

Try to look past the current owner’s décor and imagine how you would personalise the space. Focus on the structure, layout, and potential of the property rather than the furniture and paint colours.


Final thoughts

Property viewings are a crucial step in the home-buying process. By being prepared, polite, and thorough, you can make the most of each viewing and increase your chances of finding the perfect home. For more advice and support, contact a TSPC solicitor estate agent.