When you're in the market to buy a new home, it's important to do your due diligence and thoroughly inspect the property before making an offer. You want to make sure that the property meets the needs of you and your family.
Viewing a property can be a daunting experience, generally you'll have just 10-15 minutes to have a look around and it can feel overwhelming.
Here are some things to consider when viewing properties:
Location: Consider the location of the property and what amenities and conveniences are nearby. Is the home located in a desirable neighborhood? Is it close to schools, public transportation, and shopping centers?
Condition of the property: Take a close look at the overall condition of the property. Are there any major repairs that need to be made? Is the roof in good condition? Are there any signs of water damage or mold? If you go sale agreed, a surveyor will do a more detailed inspection and will be looking out for any serious issues, but most people will be able to get a good idea if the property has been well maintained and taken care of.
Size and layout: Consider the size of the property and how it will meet your needs. Is there enough space for your family and your belongings? Is the layout functional and efficient?
Storage space: Adequate storage space is important in any home. Take a look at the closets, pantries, and any other storage areas to make sure they will be sufficient for your needs.
Natural light: Natural light can make a big difference in the feel of a home. Take note of the windows and the amount of natural light they allow in.
Energy efficiency: Consider the energy efficiency of the home. What is the BER? Are there energy-efficient appliances and systems in place? Is the home well-insulated? These features can save you money on your energy bills in the long run. Ask the estate agent to tell you what they know on this one!
Outdoor space: Don't forget to take a look at the outdoor space, including the yard, patio, and deck. Is there enough space for outdoor activities and entertaining?
Parking: If you have a car, consider the parking situation. Is there a garage or driveway for your vehicle? Is there ample street parking for guests?
Safety and security: Take a look at the overall safety and security of the property. Are the doors and windows secure? Is the home located in a safe neighborhood?
By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision on which property is the best fit for you and your family.
It is a good idea to take a notepad and pen with you and take LOTS of photos. Also, don't worry if you forget something. If you do go sale agreed, or even if you are a serious bidder, a good estate agent will always facilitate a second viewing of the property.
Before you go to view a property is the idea time to buy a Home Hunter Report. It will arm you with more information that the estate agent even knows and it will help you make the decision on whether or not the property is right for you and your family and help you proceed with confidence.
To get a Home Hunter Report, go to HomeHunteReport.ie and enter in the Eircode of the property to get started!