Q. Is there such a thing as an ideal time for a property to be viewed – and if so, when is it?
A. Like much else in the property market, this to a certain extent depends on whether you are looking at things from the viewpoint of a seller or a buyer.
As a seller, you basically just want your home to be seen in the best possible light. So, generally speaking, you will want to schedule all viewings for a bright, sunny day that offers the maximum amount of natural light. (Sunlight, of course, also has the added advantage of putting everyone in a good, positive mood!) As a buyer, on the other hand, it could be argued that you’d be much better off viewing a property on a miserable, rainy day – because if you like the place under those circumstances, you’ll positively love it when the sun finally shines! Besides, it’ll give you the perfect opportunity to see whether the gutters leak, or the garden has a unpleasantly high water table…
So far, so good – except of course for the fact that in this country we can’t actually guarantee the kind of weather we’re going to get from one moment to the next. And while sellers can to a certain extent compensate for a dull, overcast day by switching on all the lights, there’s not much that a buyer can acceptably do to make up for a lack of rain!
But is there really such a thing as the ideal time for a property to be viewed? That depends entirely on the individual circumstances of the property concerned. As the seller of a house close to a school, for example, you might want to try and avoid break times, which can be rather noisy.
Similarly, if your home happens to be on or near a major road, then it might be appropriate to schedule viewings for the middle of the day or the evening, when traffic volumes will be lower.
Incidentally, none of these are dastardly underhand tricks designed to hoodwink the simple trusting consumer. They are just plain common sense. So, if you are selling, it is well worth thinking about such issues and planning accordingly. Meanwhile, for buyers, it just underlines the need to consider everything very carefully before committing yourself.