10 questions buyers ask when viewing a property 10 questions buyers ask when viewing a property

10 questions buyers ask when viewing a property

  Conducting viewings is no easy task, and this is partially because buyers often arrive with a long list of questions and queries.

No. 4359 from our magazine|2 min read| Published in Magazine on 15 February 2024 by our Marketing Team

It’s always best to leave this part of the selling process to the experts, but if you’re curious about what your agent will be asked during viewings, here are some of the most common tricky questions:

How old is the roof?
A prudent buyer may ask how old the roof is. Replacing a roof is an expense that most prospective buyers will want to avoid for at least a few years. Depending on the materials, the typical lifespan of a roof is 15-20 years, so it’s important to be aware of how long it’s been standing before selling.

How much storage space is there?
Your home’s storage solutions could be a hot topic for buyers, especially if your demographic consists of first-time buyers or young families leaving behind the confines of rented accommodation. Having your home professionally staged to showcase its space-saving features is a great way to prepare your home for this question.

How long has the house been on the market for?
Prospective buyers may ask your agent how long your home has been on the market, but this shouldn’t be viewed as an attempt to catch you out. Finding out how long the home has been listed for sale might help the buyer gauge whether they need to act urgently. If the listing is new, this might encourage them to place their offer right away before another buyer comes in.

What’s the area like? <
Committing to a home also means committing to new surroundings and a different community. Having an agent who is well-versed in the dynamics, conveniences and amenities of the local area is paramount in attracting the right buyer.

Is the property freehold or leasehold?
The property’s tenure largely dictates its future resale value, so this is an important question for buyers to ask. If your property is freehold, your agent will be able to utilise this as a key selling point. If there is a shorter lease attached to the home, you may consider extending it to attract a buyer and a higher sales price. However, if you don’t plan on extending your short lease, your agent will know which demographic to market to, such as buy-to-let investors.

What is included in the sale?
Certain fixtures and fittings may attract buyers to your home, so it’s important to clearly outline everything that is included in the sale price so that there is no room for confusion. Buyers may also be willing to offer a higher price to have certain fittings included in the sale, which leaves you in a strong position to negotiate.

Have any major renovations been made?
Finding out if any major reconstruction work has taken place allows the buyer to fully understand the property’s condition and value. As a seller, you will need to provide legal documents relating to any major work completed on the home, so it’s important to be prepared for this question from the offset.

Do you have planning permission?
Planning permission is a highly attractive feature for many buyers and applying for planning permission to add an extension or an extensive remodel only costs around £170 depending on your location. This is a small price to pay when you can add thousands to the value of your home if your application is granted.

What is the energy rating of the property?
The energy rating of a property is crucial to assessing the potential long-term costs of maintaining a comfortable living environment. When preparing your home for a sale, your agent will advise you on any areas of improvement which might help bump up your EPC rating.

Getting an agent on your side
House viewings are tricky business, but an expert agent who has experience in selling homes like yours will have all the right answers to difficult questions from buyers.
 

Contact us today if you want our expert team to sell your home at the right price

This article was originally published by BriefYourMarket and is reproduced here with their permission.

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