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Viewing Etiquette When Buying a Home

Viewing Etiquette When Buying a Home

Nook Admin – January 6, 2020

Viewings are part of the property buying process. But not everyone understands the etiquette required when inspecting someone else’s home.

No one wants to make a bad purchase when buying a property. It is a big investment so you have to inspect a potential buy really well. So a certain amount of looking around is essential but how much is too much?

What To Do at a Viewing:

1. Ask Lot’s of Questions

The real estate broker is there to sell the property so be sure to ask as many questions as you can think of. Don’t leave the viewing with unanswered queries about your potential big investment.

Common questions to ask include:
• Why are the owners selling?
• Have your received any offers to buy the property yet?
• Has there been any renovations done?
• Are developments planned nearby?
• How long has the property been for sale / on the market?
• Are there any known issues with the property or the neighbours properties?

2. Check for Anything that is Broken

During a viewing, it should be ok to open kitchen cupboards, check the taps are working, and similar inspection tasks. But perhaps it is a good idea to seek permission from the broker, or owner if they are present.

3. Take Photos (with permission)

Most of the time all the photos you need should be online in the property’s listing. But if there’s something not shown online then it should be acceptable to take a photo yourself, but check with the broker or owner beforehand.

What NOT To Do at a Viewing:

1. Criticise the Home

You are visiting someones home. You may not like every single aspect about it but it is guaranteed that the owner (or broker) don’t want to hear your grumblings.

If you are wanting to get the broker/owner to reduce the asking price, do it in an educated and information-backed discussion, not through complaining.

2. Bring Food or Drinks

It’s just common courtesy not to walk through someones home while drinking or eating. The last thing you want to do is accidentally drop something and have a mess to clean up.

3. Walk Through with Shoes On

Again, this is someones home, they live there. They don’t want muddy footprints through their living room. Take shoes off at the front door before entering.

4. Snoop Around

There’s a difference between inspecting a property and going through someones personal possessions. It goes without saying, but don’t snoop through the home.