What to expect from a student house viewing
It is going to be important for you to know what to expect before you start booking appointments to view properties.
1. Check what type of viewings are available
After Covid forcing virtual viewings last year, many agents and Purpose Build Student Accommodation providers are continueing this. The advantage of this feature allows you to do a walk through of prospective properties from the comfort of your own home.
The great thing about a “virtual viewing” is that it allows you to eliminate any properties that aren’t right straight away so you don’t have to attend any unnecessary viewings.
The downside of this is that you might miss some of the details and conditions of the property. Where possible we do reccomend that you go in person to view the property and get a feel for the area. If you can't check out the area in person, then make sure you check it out on goodle street view at the very least.
We do not support the practice of only being to view a property in person if you put a non refundable deposit down on the property.
2. Social distance is still useful to remember
Unfortunatley Covid is still around and it would be sensible to continue with social-distancing guidelines, especially if you are entering in different households.
- Wash your hands prior to the viewing – there should be handwashing facilities made available
- Maintain a 2 metre distance, or as much distance as possible from people who are not part of your household
- If possible, wear a face covering during the house viewing
The current resident will usually be absent during the viewing to help with social-distancing, but where this is not possible they should stay in a separate section of the property for the duration of the viewing. If you’re uncomfortable with any of the measures in place at any point, you should flag this with the landlord or letting agent.
3. Take you time
Choosing where to live is a big decision and not one to be rushed, the same can be said of when you are viewing a property. Take time to look at the neighbouring properties and even visit at different times of day to see if it feels like a safe area. A rushed visit may mean that you overlook some signs of damage or disrepair and forget something you wanted to ask. Take your time, ask lots of questions. Not only will this tell you about the property, it will also give you an indicator about how helpful the landlord or agent is.
4. Look out for signs of damp
Living with a damp problem can be miserable so keep an eye and nose out for these common signs! You can often smell damp so it sounds strange but if you can smell damp that is not a good sign. If you can see watermarks or mould on the walls or ceiling this is another warning sign. Don't forget to ask if there is ever a plan with damp and see the agents or landlords reaction.
What if I’m showing my property to prospective tenants?
If you have people coming to view your student property, it may be easier to pop out somewhere during the viewing – both to make it less awkward and to maintain social-distancing. If this isn’t possible, it might be a good idea to stay in a separate room for the duration of the viewing.
The agent/landlord should give you, the tenant 24 hours notice before entering the property.