Questions to Ask During a House Viewing in the UK

Questions to Ask During a House Viewing in the UK


Stepping into a potential new home in the UK is an exciting and often overwhelming experience. Amidst the whirlwind of emotions and initial impressions, ensuring you ask the right questions becomes paramount. Remember, a house viewing is not just an opportunity to assess the property; it’s your chance to gather crucial information to make an informed decision about potentially investing in your future. 

So, let’s explore the essential questions you should ask during a house viewing in the UK:

Questions Regarding the Property Itself

  • General Condition and Repairs:
    • “Can you tell me about the general condition of the property? Are there any known issues that need immediate attention?”
    • “Have there been any major repairs or renovations undertaken in recent years?”
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:
    • “What is the property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating?” (A high rating indicates good energy efficiency and potentially lower bills.)
    • “Are there any energy-saving features like double glazing or insulation?”
  • Space and Functionality:
    • “Can you confirm the number of bedrooms and bathrooms?”
    • “Are there any additional considerations regarding the layout, such as potential for future extensions or modifications?”
    • “Would you say the storage space in the property is adequate?”
  • Services and Utilities:
    • “Who are the current energy suppliers, and how much are the typical monthly bills?”
    • “Is there a broadband connection available, and what is the average speed?”

The Neighbourhood and Surrounding Area

  • Local Amenities and Transport Links:
    • “Can you tell me about the local amenities, such as shops, schools, and public transport options?”
    • “How far is the nearest train station or bus stop from the property?”
    • “Are there any planned developments or changes in the surrounding area that I should be aware of?”
  • Parking Availability:
    • “Does the property come with any off-street parking?”
    • “If not, are there any on-street parking options available, and are parking permits required?”
  • Noise Levels and Environmental Considerations:
    • “Is the area generally quiet and peaceful, or are there any potential sources of noise pollution, such as busy roads or nearby construction sites?”
    • “Is the property located in an area prone to flooding or other environmental risks?”

Exploring the Finances: Costs and Legalities

  • Asking Price and Negotiation:
    • “Is the asking price negotiable?”
    • “Is the seller open to offers below the asking price?” (It’s crucial to understand their flexibility before making an offer.)
  • Conveyancing and Legal Fees:
    • “What are the estimated costs for the conveyancing process?” (This involves legal checks and transferring ownership.)

Engaging the Seller and Agent:

  • Reason for Selling and Timeline:
    • “Can you tell me why the current owners are selling?”
    • “What is their preferred timeframe for completion?” (Understanding their timeline can help you strategise your own offer.)
  • Openness to Viewings and Negotiations:
    • “Are you open to other potential buyers viewing the property in the near future?”
    • “How receptive are the sellers to negotiating on various aspects of the sale, such as price, completion date, or fixtures and fittings?”

Additional Considerations for a Successful Viewing

  • Take Notes and Pictures: Jot down key points during the viewing to help you remember details later and capture pictures with timestamps for reference.
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Follow-Up Questions: If anything remains unclear, don’t hesitate to reach out to the estate agent for clarification.
  • Trust Your Gut Instinct: While a property may tick many boxes on paper, ultimately, your personal feelings and comfort level within the space hold significant weight.


Remember, a house viewing is an opportunity to gather crucial information and make informed decisions about your future. By asking the right questions and partnering with a trusted estate agent, you can navigate the UK housing market with confidence and clarity, ultimately finding the perfect place to call home.

If you have any further questions or require assistance with selling or buying your home, don’t hesitate to contact Michael Anthony Estate Agents. Our team of experienced professionals is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience.

For personalised guidance on selling your property in the UK, consider consulting with Michael Anthony Estate Agents who can provide expert advice tailored to your specific circumstances.