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Viewing Houses For Sale - Do's & Dont's ??

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
When viewing houses, if you are being shown around by the owners, are there any specific questions to be asked or questions or comments not to make?

Is it best just to say 'oh, that's nice' with everything, when really you hate the place or is it rude to say anything negative and just save that until you get in the car and drive away?

Any suggestions or questions to ask from peoples experience?
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
i think if you go through the door and hate it-its more polite to say im sorry it isnt what we ae looking for than to spend an hour looking round...
#2
your not there to slate the house. if you dont like it keep your opinion until the car. end of the day you wouldnt like it if a buyer came to your house and did the same. respect the sellers privacy & furnishing choices.....

i always tended to ask about electrics, gas supply, any re-plaserting, any extensions or changes that the owner has made or knows about....u get the jist
#3
lanc_red
your not there to slate the house. if you dont like it keep your opinion until the car. end of the day you wouldnt like it if a buyer came to your house and did the same. respect the sellers privacy & furnishing choices.....

i always tended to ask about electrics, gas supply, any re-plaserting, any extensions or changes that the owner has made or knows about....u get the jist


I agree, we viewed 20-30 houses when we last moved and only really asked questions or commented on properties we "clicked" with. Try to look beyond furniture and decor and concentrate on the house itself. Ask how old the electrics, boiler etc are.

If you really disliked a particitular aspect of a property make sure the estate agent knows. It may help them thin out your viewings.
#4
ignore decor as you will sort your own out in time.
#5
Goonieman
I agree, we viewed 20-30 houses when we last moved and only really asked questions or commented on properties we "clicked" with. Try to look beyond furniture and decor and concentrate on the house itself. Ask how old the electrics, boiler etc are.


20-30 houses!! bet that was a head mess. first time we bought we looked at around 5 then second time the first we looked at was the one we bought!!
#6
lanc_red
20-30 houses!! bet that was a head mess. first time we bought we looked at around 5 then second time the first we looked at was the one we bought!!


Tell me about it! We were viewing 5-6 a day on saturdays. Thinned it down to about 5 for repeated viewings after that.
#7
dcx_badass
Don't try out the bath.


Don't try out the woman who lives there.

Ask why they are moving, you can tell if they are lying. Same with any major repairs, improvements made lately.

What are the neighbours /area/ transport like?
#8
I would ask some questions about the neigbours.
#9
i never do viewings with the owners period, always with the estate agent, lurking then I can speak my mind to my wife as my thoughts come about what I see, and take lots of pictures.
#10
my house is on the market at the moment.

See which way you get led round the house and why. Make sure you look at the home report closely and take it with you if possible. Any areas raised you should ask about. Ask about things that are attached to walls for example TV brackets, etc. Are they staying? Will they be filled in if they are going?

Neighbours is a great question to ask. See how long they have been there and how they get on with the neighbours.
#11
I always think asking about the neighbours is a waste of time,they aint gonna tell you they are a nightmare,But if you're bothered about noise it might be handy to know if they have 6 kids lol

If you're interested in a property make sure you see what the area is like at different times of day,if there's nowhere to park or loads of kids hanging around etc at night/weekends.
#12
Great advice people, thankyou.

I agree with keeping negative thoughts to ourselves until after and asking about neighbours.

We have driven past a couple of the houses we are viewing this weekend and already, even without looking in the house, you get a good feel for it's position, the parking, what next door looks like and opposite etc etc ....

Asking about the fuse board and boiler etc are good questions to ask.

We are doing our local research which so far is good and positive.
#13
One thing I would do is go in the evening to make sure it's not a local meeting place for all the local riff raff.

Places can be very different once night falls.
banned#14
Couple of "Don'ts" to add to the list:

Don't say "Can I have a go on your wife?" when being shown around the bedrooms

It's safe to assume that the children will not be "thrown in as part of the deal" if you raise you offer.
#15
yeah ask about the neigbours and why they afre moving.

If you dont like the house dont make it obvious, but also if you do love it dont let that show too much as well (as they may hike the price)
#16
Like someone else has said, they are never going to tell you if the neighbours are bad.

A way around that is to submit a freedom of information act enquiry to the council and ask if they have received any noise/anti-social behaviour complaints in the street.
#17
DanJackson
Couple of "Don'ts" to add to the list:

Don't say "Can I have a go on your wife?" when being shown around the bedrooms

It's safe to assume that the children will not be "thrown in as part of the deal" if you raise you offer.


Good advice, thank god your here ........... :roll:

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