Lots of homebuyers would think that property viewing is easy, but many of them actually overlooked the important details, some don’t even realize the risk of finding random property agents! Property viewing is difficult and there are a few important things to note. Fortunately, our trusted Youtuber Ying Tse is here to share with us her experience. You can also visit her channel for more information!
Ying Tse’s Property Viewing Experience
Although Ying Tse is not a property agent, she frequently toured homes for her friends and relatives. When she moved to the UK, she had also visited more than twenty houses herself, and some of her online audience would even ask for her help. Over the past nine months in Birmingham, Ying Tse has toured more than a hundred homes, and with her abundant research, she shared with us a few important things to keep in mind!
Here are some research to do before a home tour:
- Area: What is the demographic of the district? Are the street safes? For example, you should take a look at the crime rates and cases.
- School network: Are the schools far away from? Which areas are the students from?
- Transportation: How far are the bus and train stations? For instance, if there is a train station, then there may be more noise. Would the bus pass by your home and office?
- Necessities: Are there supermarkets and restaurants nearby? If the home is on the main street facing the car lanes, then the environment may be louder.
Ying Tse also reminds us that some agents would keep secrets from you in order to sell the properties. For example, there are usually more people on board for trains in the morning, while at night, trains are transporting goods. Agents will neglect small details like this and, consequently, you may need to deal with train track noises at night!
Understand the Type of Houses
First of all, detached house, semi-detached house, terrace house, and flats are not the only types of houses in the UK. Some may not know the existence of Non-Standard Construction, which are mostly houses built after WWII, when housing demand was high and the construction regulations were lower. Therefore, although these houses could be cheaper, when you sell the house in the future, the price would be lower. Whereas if you are looking to use it as a mortgage, then banks may not accept this type of house.
Secondly, you should also do prior research on the possibility of furnishing the house. For example, terrace houses may be less strict because they have more space available.
During the Home Tour
- Leaking: Houses in the UK are usually built with bricks, but the internal walls may be constructed with wood and plasterboard. You should pay attention to areas with possible leakings!
- Bathrooms: Are there cracks or leakings under the bathtub? If there are, you may need to repair it afterwards. Also, are there bathrooms on every floor? For example, if there isn’t one on the first floor, then you would need to check if the pipe location allows you to build one.
- Internal walls: some houses have made changes to the internal layout prior to your visit. You will need to ask agents or lawyers to double check if the previous owners had gotten approval from the councils.
- Garden: Sometimes, tree roots will interfere with the structure of the house or block the window view. You will need to talk to the councils and see if these trees could be hewed, or talk to your neighbors for approval.
- Neighbors: How is the tidiness of your neighbors’ homes? For example, their plants in the garden may affect the structure of your home.
Ying Tze emphasizes the difficulty of property viewing. If you are to tour homes, remember to look for local agents, otherwise others may not have enough experience. Moreover, it is best not to tour houses with other people if you are not experienced, because property viewing comes with great responsibility. It is best to see the homes for yourself and decide whether it fits your lifestyle!
The name of the channel “BN撈” means that we Hong Kong people, as British National (Overseas) integrate into British culture and life, and hope to have better life. The word “撈” is a Guangdong word that Hong Kong people often talk about, and we want our next generation also speak Cantonese. So the channel is named “BN撈”.
BN撈 will share with you some clips on how to integrate into the local British culture, and continue to carry forward the spirit of Hong Kong people in different places, knowing how to drink, eat and play. Due to the limited power of one’s own efforts, netizens are also welcome to provide information that can help other Hong Kong people integrate into British culture.
This article has been reproduced in text with the permission of the Youtube BN撈.
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