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Viewing checklist

Making it all go smoothly

When you are viewing a property it's easy to get caught up in the moment and end up walking away without any of the important questions being answered.

It often helps to write a list of the things you want to find out before you visit the property. Take a pen and paper with you to make some notes as it's easy to forget things once you have left the property.

Things to consider 1 - first reactions

Your initial reaction to the property is important but don't forget the more practical things such as availability of utility services, the condition of windows and doors and amount of parking.

  • Overall size of the property's front
  • Windows
  • Garage
  • Extra parking/drive
  • Position of sun
  • Privacy
  • External condition
  • Doors
  • Electricity box
  • Gardens
  • Overall size of the property's rear
  • Ease of maintenance

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Things to consider 2 - local area

You may love the property but what is the local area like? Having a shop close by can be useful and do you need easy access to public transport?

  • Neighbouring property
  • Local shop
  • Road access
  • Hospital/Doctor
  • Nearest school
  • Public transport
  • Leisure facilities
  • Notes

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Things to consider 3 - take a look inside

It's easy to get caught up in the moment and excitement when looking around a property but don't forget to take your time and go through your list of questions.

  • Plumbing
  • TV aerial
  • Plug sockets
  • Extras - what will be included?
  • Curtains
  • Appliances
  • Heating
  • Sky/cable
  • Flooring
  • Carpets
  • Furniture
  • Fixtures and fitting

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Things to consider 4 - rooms in the house

Think about what you need the rooms for. Will your existing furniture fit or will you need to buy new things? Are there enough telephone and power points in the right locations?

  • Porch
  • Hallway
  • Room 1
  • Room 2
  • Room 3
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Conservatory
  • Bedroom 1
  • En-suite
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bathroom
  • Loft space

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