Buying a house is normally a very positive and exciting thing, but it can also be very stressful and if you are not very familiar with the housing market it can be quite intimidating too. There is a wide range available to choose from when you are looking at property for sale in Aberdeenshire, for instance that, it can be hard to know what is a good deal and what is a not so good deal. If this is the situation you find yourself in, then the following post is for you as we look at some helpful tips for viewing properties you are interested in buying.
Don’t See It as a House Just Yet
The very first time you go to view a property it is important that you don’t treat it as a house, but just a building that needs to be scrutinized and inspected. That way, you will not look at things with rose-tinted glasses too much and maybe end up paying for something that needs too much work done or that is simply not a very good deal.
Never Buy Unseen
It may sound like common sense, but it is worth noting that you should never buy a property without seeing it first. It is also good to see it as many times as you can, because the more times you visit a property the more likely you will be to notice and spot potential issues and problems, before you sign on the dotted line.
Pay Close Attention to the Structure
Look beyond the size and layout of the rooms and inspect the building’s structure. For instance, if you come across hairline cracks in the ceiling or walls, you should ask the estate agent or seller for more information about them and even consider hiring an independent tradesman for their opinion.
Be Very Wary Of Damp
Be aware and be cautious when it comes to damp. Check for this as much as you possibly can and keep your nose open as you can smell damp even if you can’t see it. This is important as some sellers often paint over damp to cover it up rather than actually solving the problem.
Don’t Be Put Off By Little Faults
It is important to remain relatively realistic when looking at a property. Most houses and buildings will have their own faults and small issues, so don’t be put off if you spot minor repairs or maintenance work that needs doing. Instead, get professional advice and if it is going to cost a lot, but you still want to buy the property, use the new information to thrash out a lower price on the property with the estate agent or seller.
Check Out the Neighbourhood
As well as spending a good time each viewing, walking round and looking at the property closely, you also need to check out the surrounding neighbourhood. Visit the area during rush hour, when the pubs close and compare what it’s like at weekends and weekdays. It is also wise to drive from the property to your work or to your children’s school so that you know what your daily commute will be like and whether or not you will have enough time to complete it.
Hopefully you have got a better idea of how you should approach viewing a property you may be interested in buying. Although it can be nerve-wracking and stressful, it is still an exciting thing and I you follow the tips above you are sure to find a property that suits your budget and requirements.