Before making any offer, it’s a good idea to ask any questions you have, and get the answers in writing. If you’re taken around by the homeowners, rather than the estate agent, you can always ask them directly.
Good questions to ask when buying a new build include:
- Is the property on track to be completed on time?
- How many neighbouring properties have been sold?
- What are the developer’s other developments like?
- Are there any plans for local amenities to be built, such as schools, shops and leisure centres?
Good questions to ask when buying an older property include
- How many viewings and offers has it had?
- How long has it been on the market?
- Is there a chain?
- How long have you lived here?
- Have there been any neighbour disputes?
- What are the parking options like?
Be thorough during the whole process. You shouldn’t feel rushed when viewing a property and most homeowners won’t have any issues with you taking photos, which you can later use to compare the property with other homes you like. This will help you compare properties when you’re viewing a new one or are looking online.