October 16th, 2017
Buying a home in Donegal can be an overwhelming experience and many people can be filled with trepidation when viewing a property.
There is research to suggest that house hunters spend as little as 25 minutes viewing a property before they decide whether or not to buy – so it’s vital you make the most of the time you have in the company of the estate agent.
Here at Franklins, we believe in straightforward, honest and clear communication – it’s a core part of the professional and personal service clients have come to expect from Franklins.
When we accompany you on house viewings in Donegal, we give you the freedom to ask the right questions and we do our utmost to answer them effectively.
This is after all the best time to explore any concerns you might have and to glean all the information you want.
So with that in mind, the Franklins team has put together a quick checklist of the questions to ask at a viewing that should make the process a little easier.
How long has the property been on the market?
This is probably the first question we are asked most often at viewings and we can understand why. You will want to get an indication of how sought after the property is. If the property has been on the market for a time period longer than other properties in the area, it’s a chance to ask why the agent thinks the house hasn’t sold yet.
Why is the property being sold?
There may be any number of reasons why the property is being sold but as a potential buyer you’ll want to find out if it’s for any reason that could impact on you and the decisions you need to make.
How long has the seller owned the property?
Always a good question to ask as if the house has changed many hands in a short time, you’ll want to know the reasons why.
What’s included in the sale?
Knowing exactly what you’re getting for your money is of paramount importance – ask about the fixtures and fittings, white goods, garden furniture, where the boundary lies etc
Is there a chain?
If the seller has already found their next home chances are any potential sale could go through much quicker. Likewise, if you as the potential buyer does not have a property to sell, it is worth mentioning this to the agent – shorter chains mean quicker sales.
Has there been any major work on the building?
It is always worth finding out about any renovation work carried out on the property. You’ll want to know how the work has changed the property and if it was done with planning permission.
It’s important that you are very clear about what information will help you make an informed property choice and you may have a very defined set of questions of your own.
It’s a good idea to think about what is most important to you before the viewing.
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