Get the most out of your property viewings, and keep these things in mind.
View it as a property to be inspected, not a home: don’t get too attached. You’re looking for a future home, and you want the best property you can find. Buyers are hoping that by staging the home well, you may be charmed by the appearance of the house and overlook flaws. Go into the property with a clear mind.
Keep a nose out for damp or musty smells, which can indicate problems that may not be visible. Spots and stains can be easily covered, but damp, musty, or moldy smells are harder to hide. If the house is permeated with a strong scent from air fresheners, candles, or potpourri, this could indicate a problem. Ask the agent if you can experience the home with such strong scents.
Don’t cancel a deal just because of a problem. Sure, you should be aware of any potential problems, but there’s no reason to pass up a good property because of a fixable issue. Get an expert in to evaluate the problem area and consider the cost of fixing it. This can also be a valuable bargaining chip during the sale.
Consider the everyday things. Check the storage space; is there enough storage for your household goods, or will you feel cramped and cluttered? Are there enough electrical outlets, and are they situated well? Does traffic through the rooms flow well, or are there awkward spots?