As a first time buyer, the process of looking for and offering on a property can be quite daunting. We’ve prepared this handy little guide to give you an idea of what questions you should be asking on a viewing to ensure you are in the best position to make an informed decision.
- – What is the owner’s situation? This should give you an idea on timescales for your move. You can elaborate and ask if they’ve found a property, or if they’re heading in to rented accommodation or what the situation is.
- – What are the additional charges for the property? This question is more aimed at apartments, as they are more likely to incur additional charges such as maintenance fees and ground rent, however still useful for houses and bungalows as not all are freehold.
- – How old is the boiler? (If the property has gas) A very useful question as boilers can often be expensive to replace. You can elaborate and ask when it was last serviced etc.
- – What is the immediate area like? Especially if you are not already local to the property you are viewing, this can be a very useful question. Ask what the local amenities are, what rating did the closest school receive from Ofsted etc.
- – How long has the property been on the market, and has there been much interest? This is a question that will help you decide what your offer should be, if you are interested. If the property is recently on the market, you are less likely to have a lower offer accepted so you will need to be closer to the asking price.
Remember, the agent is there to help you! Never be afraid to ask questions, they help you make an informed decision about the properties and your future home.