How many homes should I look at before making an offer?


Buying a property is such a personal and emotional decision, makes this such a difficult question to answer.

From my own experience, I have bought 3 properties in my life.

I have only ever looked at 3 properties – the one’s I bought!

So, I am possibly an exception to the rule. The thing is, I knew what I wanted, I knew where I wanted to live and I researched the places where I wanted to live first.

 

I have taken so many people to view properties through the years, that I know just what they have said they are looking for. They have absolutely loved it, walked around it 3 times, decided where the furniture is going to go and then have turned around afterwards and said, “it’s the first one we’ve seen, so we want to see some more”. It’s almost like an automatic response to protect themselves and have been advised to do so by so many ‘experts’.

 

Now that’s fine, but, after viewing another 20 -30 properties, dismiss them to then come back to the first one and find it’s sold is a lesson.

Do your research first, often you would have picked out the best one’s for you from everything that’s available and you have probably spent hours searching in the first place!

Trust your judgement – if it ticks all your boxes, why not go for it? What more are you hoping to find elsewhere. The rest probably won’t match up anyway. Go back for a 2nd visit immediately with a friend or relative for another opinion and if it still excites – make an offer.

 

Now contradicting this, it may take you weeks or months to find the right property, if you are looking for more of a niche property. Or by nature you are a more considered person and prefer a methodical approach and enjoy relentless viewings and searching.

By the time you have seen the 20 – 30 properties, they begin to all seem similar. Then you possibly decide to ‘settle’ for a property which really wasn’t as good as the first one or second one you saw, but you now need to find something whilst you still have the will!

 

There really isn’t a right or wrong way.

Me, I prefer the first way. Research, check and trust yourself. Saved me time, money and many headaches.

 

The last piece of advice, is to really find an agent you can trust. Ask as many questions as you want. Sure, they want to sell a property – but they also want your future business and referrals, so they will give you as much help and guidance as you need - we really are nice people!

 

Happy house hunting!


Kevan Wimborne

Sales Manager

GBP Estates Romford