How to make the most of virtual property viewings

Posted on November 30, 2020

Many aspects of everyday life have changed in recent months due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. With safety a number one priority, how we do business has evolved too. How we conduct property viewings is just one of the many things we’ve had to adapt to keep our clients and our staff safe.

As a result, our property viewings have gone virtual. Whilst we don’t recommend proceeding without viewing a property in person, viewing a property that you want to buy or rent virtually is a great way to find out whether a home or business premises in your sights is worth a second look. Here we reveal how to make the most of your virtual property viewing so you can progress your property journey and ultimately buy or rent with complete confidence.

Treat it like any other viewing

Whether viewing online or in person, you should use the same principles. Leaving emotion at the door is a key piece of advice we’d give any prospective property buyer or tenant. Be practical about how the property serves your and your wider family’s needs. Better yet, before the viewing, or before you even begin your search, make a list of your property wants and needs so you can be as subjective as possible.

Don’t view alone

Two sets of eyes are always better than one, and this couldn’t be truer when viewing a property virtually. Even if you intend to live alone, sharing the virtual viewing with a family member or friend will see you spot positives and negatives that you may miss when viewing alone.

Take a look inside and out

Where possible request that the virtual viewing takes in the outside of the property just as a physical viewing would. By viewing both inside and out, you can gain a complete picture and make a more informed decision about if you’d like to see the property in person.

Go live if possible

Live virtual viewings trump pre-recorded every time. With a live virtual viewing, you can direct the tour of your potential home as you would do in person. You can also ask the agent questions as and when they pop into your mind.

The production value of a live viewing may be lower than that of a pre-recorded, edited version but you’re more likely to achieve a more honest impression of the property.

Ready to put these virtual viewing tips to the test? Start your property search with us today and discover your next home online.