If you have found a likely prospect that strongly interests you, view it multiple times. You’re more likely to identify potential problems if you view it several times at different times of the day. You’ll also glean knowledge of the neighborhood at various times. Is a street that’s not busy in the late morning a commuter route in early morning and mid-afternoon? This way, you’ll know what traffic is like in the area and the noise levels that occur at different times.
CONSIDER THE OVERALL CONTEXT
When viewing, don’t just consider a property on its own; view it in the context of its location. What’s the area like? Is the property adjacent to a train track or noisy intersection? Is there a pub or bar close by that gets noisy at night? How close are you to the things you might need, such as schools, public transit, a grocery store, or hospital? These are important questions to consider when viewing properties, as they can add or subtract from the overall enjoyment of your home.
LET YOUR AGENT DO THE JOB
Don’t go viewing on your own. There’s a security factor in traveling to unoccupied houses alone. Additionally, there are other ways this makes you vulnerable. A seller’s agent might think you’re unrepresented and attempt to take advantage of you. Let your Realtor® do the job. If you come across a property that interests you, but your agent hasn’t told you about it, it might not meet all your criteria. If you think you want to view it, give your agent the address and phone number. Your agent can then arrange a proper viewing for you, together, without the owner being present and with your agent present.
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