Get the most out of your property viewing

Viewings provide investors with an opportunity take a closer look at a property and decide if it is something they would like to invest in.

We've drafted some handy tips, to ensure you get the most out of your property viewing.

Freehold or Leasehold?

Always check whether the property is freehold or leasehold. Leasehold is very common with flats but can be an issue with houses and especially new build developments. Our guide Leasehold: A Life Sentence? will bring you up to speed on the dangers of buying a leasehold house. 

Heating

The boiler can be a big outlay if it needs replacing. Find out how old it is to see if it is still under warranty and check the service history. Ask whether fireplaces are operational and if so, when were they last swept?

Fuse box

Find out how old the fuse box is and when it was last serviced.

Mobile phone, broadband and TV

Check your phone signal whilst at the property and whether there is a TV satellite outside. Is fibre broadband available? Most internet service providers have a search function which you can use to check the potential broadband speeds against a particular postcode. Are there phone and TV sockets in the property and are they in a sensible location?

Council tax band

Ask what the property's council tax band is or use the Government website to check all local authority charges. Larger houses tend to have higher council tax charges, which may affect the total costs you can expect on the property.

If you have any questions, or would like to find out about investing in Newcastle, please call us on 0191 243 1000 or visit our Percy Street office.

Walton Robinson
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