Viewing a property can be an overwhelming experience at times. It’s easy to get caught up in the look and feel of a house and forget some of the most important questions to ask the estate agent. To make the process easier, our agents have shared their key questions to ask when you’re on a viewing so you can get all the facts.
Joanne Vine from Fine & Country Swansea has lots of questions for buyers to ask, though she says that often questions will depend on the individual needs of the buyer. However, these are the points that should always be raised, and some are particularly important when on a second viewing.
Simon Bradbury agrees with Joanne. “As a buyer, the top question of all to ask is why the owner is selling. This will open up a wide range of information useful to the discerning purchaser, including an indication as to required time scales and whether or not the sale is discretionary or not.”
It’s a good idea to think about what is most important to you before the viewing. Simon advises asking questions specifically relevant to the needs of each individual buyer. So, for example, if access to schools is important, ask about it. If internet speed is key, ask what speed they are currently getting.
The great thing about asking questions is that, by law, estate agents cannot mislead you. “Remember, in order to comply with the Consumer Protection Regulations (which replaced the Property Misdescriptions Act in October 2013) estate agents must essentially not mislead prospective purchasers – either knowingly or unknowingly,” Simon explains. “So the answers to specific questions can be trusted – even if made verbally.”
As there is a lot to remember, why not print out this page or have it ready on your smartphone during your next house viewing?