Get the most out of your property viewing

When considering a property investment, viewings play a crucial role in allowing investors to thoroughly assess the property before making a decision.

To help you make the most of your property viewing, we have compiled some useful tips.

Ownership Type: Freehold or Leasehold?

Before proceeding, it is important to determine whether the property is freehold or leasehold. While leasehold is commonly associated with flats, it can present challenges when dealing with houses, especially new developments. To gain a better understanding of the potential risks associated with purchasing a leasehold house, we recommend referring to our comprehensive guide, "Leasehold: A Life Sentence?"

Heating System

Assessing the heating system is essential, as replacing a boiler can be a significant expense. Determine the age of the boiler and check if it is still covered by warranty. Additionally, enquire about the service history. If there are fireplaces in the property, find out if they are operational and when they were last swept.

Fuse box

Enquire about the age of the fuse box and when it was last serviced to ensure the electrical system is up to date.

Connectivity: Mobile, Broadband, and TV

Test your mobile phone signal during the viewing to ensure good reception. Also, check for the presence of a TV satellite outside. Find out if the property has access to fibre broadband, as this can significantly impact internet speeds. Most internet service providers offer a search function on their websites that allows you to check the potential broadband speeds for a specific postcode. Take note of the availability and location of phone and TV sockets within the property.

Council Tax Assessment

Ask about the property's council tax band, or utilise the official government website to review all local authority charges. Keep in mind that larger houses typically have higher council tax charges, which can affect the overall costs associated with the property.

By following these tips, you can maximize the value of your property viewing experience and make informed decisions regarding your investment.

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.