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Dos and don'ts of house hunting

Posted: 18 May 2021

House Hunting

Moving to a new home is an exciting change and one that needs a lot of preparation to make it easy and efficient. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, then there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Small details such as remembering home viewing etiquette and considering storage solutions can make the process smooth and stress-free.

Here are a few dos and don'ts of house hunting: 

Do arrive on time for viewings

Even if you love pictures of the home and plan to buy it and make it your own, it’s important to remember that you’re probably not the only one viewing the home. Make sure that you respect the time of the homeowners and the agent and show up on time for viewings.

Do ask questions

House hunting is the perfect time to ask all of the necessary questions where the answers could make or break the deal. Ask about the age of the building, any renovations that have been done, the reputation of the neighbourhood and recent repairs.

Do prepare for the transition 

If you’re lucky, then the purchase of your new home and the sale of your current one will line up perfectly. However, this isn’t a guarantee so it's best to be prepared. Research your options to use as a transition phase, such as a safe and secure storage unit with a flexible lease to store your belongings until you’re ready to move into your new home. 

Don’t use the bathroom

It’s not house hunting etiquette to use the bathroom during a viewing unless it’s absolutely necessary. Some sellers are uncomfortable with strangers using their bathroom, especially if the house is already empty and has been cleaned. However, there are a few instances when you can use the bathroom, such as if you want to check the plumbing.

Don’t negotiate while viewing

There’s a time and a place for this. Negotiating the price of a home for sale should not be done during the viewing. Instead, you should wait until after the viewing to discuss your opinions and budget.

Don’t bring distractions

Try to eliminate distractions when viewing a home. If possible, don’t bring your kids with you to a viewing so that you can give the home your undivided attention. This will also reduce the risk of damaging anything. 

These are just a few tips to consider when looking for a new home. At Storage King, we’re ready to help with the exciting season by offering a safe and secure space to keep your belongings during the transition phase. Contact us at 0800 0852 954 to find out more about our different size units and flexible lease agreements. You can also get a quick and easy quote online.

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