Tips for making the most from viewing a property

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Viewing a property can be an overwhelming process

It is easy to be swept away by the first impression, without checking the practicalities. With that said, we have provided a list of what to look out for when viewing a property for the first time.


Preparation is key

When preparing for viewings, make a list of ‘must-haves’ and ‘wants’. For example, a non-negotiable may be sufficient parking for two cars, a specific number of bedrooms or bathrooms, where as a 'want' could be a large kitchen island or on-site gym facilities. When you fall in love with a home, certain practicalities can be easily forgotten, so have this list to hand to refer to and ensure all your essential boxes are ticked.


Check for any faults

Check for any signs of damp, exposed wires or structural defects such as cracks in the walls. In addition to internal factors, look at the condition of the brickwork or render, roof and windows.


How much renovation work will be required?

Homes with potential can be enticing projects, especially if you are looking to make a home your own. However, it's important to factor this into your budget. Aside from repairs, would you want to redo the kitchen or bathrooms? Think about any added expenses and whether you are willing to take on the project.


Is privacy a priority?

During viewings, the position of the home can easily be forgotten. Are there any neighbours overlooking the property? Which direction does the garden face? If privacy is important to you, you will want to look out for these factors during the viewing.


Explore the local area

You may have found the home of your dreams, but is the location a good fit for you? Spend some time in the area, explore local community groups and amenities. Remember, you are not just buying the property, you are also investing in the lifestyle the area offers. Similarly, you will want to make sure there are decent local schools, should you be planning to start a family.


Take photos and videos

Taking lots of photos or videos of the property will help you accurately remember the home after viewing the property, or to potentially spot anything you may not have noticed during the viewing, just make sure to ask first.


Ask lots of questions

Last but not least, ask your estate agent lots of questions before and after viewing the property, they are there to help you with any doubts or queries, and will be more than willing to find out any information you require before making any decisions. At Roscoe Rogers and Knight we are passionate about helping you find the right property.



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Being a central and popular business within Monmouth, we are often asked by clients who have experienced our residential success to manage their commercial needs. The result is that we have an impressive level of success selling and renting a range of investment properties including single plots and development land, woodland, shops, warehouses, offices, and pubs.

Group Holiday Lettings

Big House Holiday Lets is an independent company co-owned and run from the offices of RRK by Lewis Scott. The company specialises in letting large houses for groups of up to 30 people for friends and family get-togethers, birthdays, or anniversaries. Services offered include “meet and greets”, check outs, cleaning, maintenance and laundry. We speak to our guests rather than booking online to ensure that the houses are respected and looked after.


Strategically funding your property purchase can be an important factor to consider when buying a property. As a buyer, having an agreement in principle in place before a viewing will stand you in better stead when negotiating with the vendor. We have connections to established mortgage brokers who can compare the market for you, offering third party advice on what product would be best for you depending on your personal circumstances.


There are a number of factors that can influence the timescale involved in transferring ownership of a property from seller to buyer. We work closely with a number of local solicitors who provide a helpful and efficient service designed to be stress-free for our customers. Our recommended solicitors pro-actively work to best protect your interests and ensure legal title is transferred as quickly as possible. A member of our team would be happy to provide details of our recommended contacts.


Once you’ve had an offer accepted on a property, you’ll be wondering whether you need a house survey and if so, which one. A property survey is optional and not always required, but it can help you avoid expensive and unwanted surprises, as well as giving you peace of mind. We work with several local, qualified and experienced surveyors who offer a range of different survey types to suit different needs – simply ask a member of our team for more details.


Letting Fee Information

The asking rent does not include letting fees. Our standard administration fee (which covers general administration and preparation of paperwork) is £xxx (£xxx+VAT). A security deposit, usually equivalent to six weeks rent, is also payable.

Depending on your circumstances and the property you select, one or more of the following may also be charged to you upfront;

Fees may be charged on a per person or per property basis, please call us on 01600 772929