Viewing a property with a view to renting can be a very exciting time, but one where you will need to have your wits about you and also do a little research beforehand. Whether this is your first time renting or you are a seasoned tenant with a few properties under your belt, this is going to be your home and so it pays to ensure you get as much as you can out of the viewing. Here are a few tips for making the most out of that first viewing so that you can make a smart decision.
We live in an age where technology has brought the information we need into our homes and pockets. Most letting agents now publish the properties they have available on sales and lettings portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove and also on their own websites. These listings often have a lot of detail included like photos, floor plans, additional fees or charges, details about the area and many more nuggets of information that can help you to decide whether to book a viewing.
If you are looking for a property on your own, it’s a great idea to take a friend or family member along with you for advice. You can view each room together, taking note of any defects or features along the way. The best bit is discussing the viewing over a coffee or glass of wine afterwards!
A property listing online can give you a good idea of what to expect before you view a property for the first time. However, photos can be deceiving and they can be out of date. The best way to remember what a property looks like is to view the property and take photos and make notes as you walk around. Afterwards, you can make a list of pros and cons to help you make a decision. For example, there may be a lot of noise from traffic outside. Photos can never tell you this and while your agent may be honest about the fact, you really do need to experience it for yourself and decide whether you can live with it.
From mould and condensation and the brightness in each room, it is important to look closely during your viewing to find the things that might not have been mentioned in the property listing. Also, is that airy bedroom really airy or freezing cold?
Arriving early for your viewing and checking out the area beforehand can give you a real sense of what it would be like to live there. Spend some time walking around, taking in the daily traffic and the amenities as you go.
Wherever you plan to move, that first viewing is one of the most important aspects of renting a property. Take your time, take in as much information as possible and do your research. That way you can reduce the chances of any nasty surprises and increase your chances of finding a property to suit your needs.