Before the viewing

You’ve seen a house you like the look of and you want to view it. Great. Before you make an appointment, it’s worth doing a bit of fact finding first:¬†

  • Visit the area, this will give you a good idea of what it might be like to live there and where the local shops and other amenities are.
  • Take a peek at the property at different times of the day. That nice quiet road at night might be mayhem during the school run.
  • Check the outside of the property for telltale signs: missing roof tiles, damaged guttering etc.
  • Are there multiple houses for sale in the street?

When you are visiting it is always good to have some questions ready.

Take your time, don’t be rushed, don’t be put off by bad decor and definitely don’t be afraid to ask lot’s of questions, such as:

  • How long have you lived here and why are you moving?
  • How long has the property been on the market?
  • When was the roof last tiled?
  • How old is the central heating and has it been serviced recently?
  • What are the neighbours like and have you had any problems with them?
  • How much are your utility bills and council tax?
  • Have you made any improvements to the house and do you have any guarantees?
  • Are you leaving anything behind in the property?
  • Ensure there is no uncertainty over who owns the garden or parking spaces.
  • Is the property listed? If so, what grade is it?


Useful websites

Crucial information on school tables.

Details on independent schools in the area.

Handy for getting around obviously, but also good for checking local amenities, proximity to work etc.

For further information on any of these areas, call us on 01782 255000 or visit your local branch

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Charlene Gentile

About the Author Charlene Gentile
Charlene is our Digital Marketing Specialist. With a wealth of marketing experience, she is using her expertise to help to communicate the variety of services we have here at Hanley Economic Building Society.

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