Posted on 11 August 2011
Yes you can arrange viewing trips.
To have a feel of what your choice area looks like, you should take time off to plan a trip there. This trip will help you get familiar with the area and create in your mind a picture of you already living in it. During the trip, check out the popular spots, talk to people in the neighbourhood, and gather comprehensive information about the entire area.
Take this step to reassure yourself that you are on the right track in choosing your dream property. But don’t rush in doing all these, since you’ll have enough time to revisit if you so desire. Therefore you need enough time to plan for your trip and make the most of it.
The best time to book a trip for this purpose is during the off season winter especially on public holidays. Use this period to access the weather situation like when it’s cold or dark. This period is more strategic since agents will have more time to attend to your needs. You could also be lucky to negotiate a lower price during this period since there isn’t any kind of rush.
Part of the things you can do include renting a property in the area and going out to get groceries. This will afford you more opportunity to move around and get a wider view of the area. You’d get a hint on how the shops and amenities can be easily reached and the price of items being sold.
You can also get a clue if the area is a quiet or noisy one. For example you could check if there is a club close by that operates late in the night or if the location is beneath a flight path.
To make this process easy, you can use our downloadable property analysis worksheet to assess your preferred property and its location. This worksheet allows you to create notes and score every aspect of a property and its location during inspection. Thus it serves as a guide for you in making detailed evaluation of each property.
In all, buyers need to know that there’s no particular order required for a trip like this. Just ensure that, in this first trip, you document details of all locations or attractions visited, and make your assessment thereafter. In your second trip, you should focus more on the physical assessment of property. We urge you to put a call through to us, as we’re ready to help you plan the trip.