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Revealed – What buyers should have checked on a viewing but didn’t

A new survey claims to have found the five issues that prospective buyers wish they had checked out ahead of purchase but failed to do.

Most of these could or should have been done on a viewing, they admit.

A survey of 1,000 buyers conducted for interior firm Terrys Fabrics shows that only 35 per cent viewed their home for two hours or more on combined visits before purchasing their property.

Over one in five – 22 per cent – admit they spent less than 30 minutes viewing the property they went on to buy, and 60 per cent say they spent less time viewing the property they purchased than they typically give to planning a holiday.

The study also asked what people wished they had asked or checked with the estate agent and vendor before putting in an offer.

The largest regret was not attempting to find out an estimate of how warm the property would be in winter time; in second place was a wish to have been more thorough on checking doors, windows and roof.

Some 20 per cent – third place – was buyers wishing they had checked the plumbing and leaks by using the toilet, shower and bath; meanwhile next up was the wish that they could have discovered whether their neighbours were noisy.

Fifth, some 10 per cent of buyers wished they had undertaken a more thorough check of electrics.

Top tip to avoid these mistakes is get a property survey carried out before you buy. More details of the types of survey available to you will follow in a future episode but in the meantime please consult with your Estate Agent and Solicitor who can advise you on the appropriate survey to meet your needs.

Source : Estate Agent Today

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About the author, David Thomas

David Thomas is an Entrepreneur and passionate Estate Agent who loves helping others on their property journey.

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