10 questions to ask when viewing a property

publication date: Jan 19, 2018


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Once you’ve found a property you like, it’s time to start asking the important questions to make sure it really is your dream home.

Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions; a new home is a huge investment and it’s important that you make the right choice for you. We've come up with 10 questions to ask the seller to make sure you have the bigger picture before making an offer.  

What is the phone reception like?

Most of us use our mobile phones every day, so make sure you can get good reception, or at least prepare yourself if you can’t!

What are broadband speeds like?

Some areas may be unable to get certain types of internet such as fibre. Make sure you know which services are available so you can get the best deal before you move in.


Why have they decided to sell?

As long as they are happy to tell you, find out why the sellers are looking to move. This can ease any worry you have about the property and the location.


How long has the house been on the market?

Property that has been on the market for a long time may have issues that need investigating. You may also be able to knock down the price a little!


What items will be included with the purchase?

Sometimes, sellers will leave unwanted pieces of furniture or appliances. Find out if anything will be left behind and factor that into your moving plans.


Have there ever been any disturbances in the neighbourhood?

You can find out the crime rate of the area online, but it is a good idea to get a first-hand account. Ask if they get on with their neighbours, too!

What is public transport like?

You may rely on public transport, so find out what routes and options are available to you beforehand.

How old is the house?

This can guide you about timescales and maintenance costs for any renovations or any parts that may need replacing after you’ve moved in.

What has been the best part of living in the property?

Find out what the seller enjoyed most about living in the property. This can help you visualise what it’s like to live there long-term.

Does the property have insulation and when was it installed?

This can help you decide if this is a cost that needs to be factored into the asking price.   


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