Deciding to pack up and move abroad is a big decision, but, once made, the hard work doesn’t stop there. Next on the agenda: finding your new home!
As with viewing any property, there are many factors to consider. Luckily, we’ve received word from an expert, who’s here to help. Linda Travella of Casa Travella, the Italian Property Specialists, has compiled her top ten tips:
- Make contact
Linda Travella advises that checking on websites is a good first step, as well as sending out an email to establish first contact. There may well be other properties available to view that aren’t shown online.
- Arrange a meeting
If you do decide to jet over for a viewing, let the agent know beforehand, so that they can arrange to meet up. Giving them notice means that they can ensure they have agents in the area and that they have allocated sufficient time to spend with you.
- Consider when you plan to visit
Linda also reminds us that Sundays are not normally viewing days. She also points out that National holidays in Italy should be avoided, such as 15th August. Many places are also closed after Christmas and until the New Year.
- Take your time
Don’t try to view too many places in one visit. You will want to make sure that you take in what each property has to offer, to avoid a second viewing for a property that could have been crossed off your list the first time.
- Keep an open mind
You may have an idea of what type of property you want, but, by allowing yourself options, you could discover the perfect place is something you’ve never considered before viewing.
- Second viewings
When you do find a property that ticks your boxes, you’ll want to also make sure that you have adequate time to view it again.
- Buying with a partner
If this is going to be a joint venture, then it is imperative that you go to viewings together. Not only will this ensure that it meets both of your expectations, but you can bounce ideas and queries off each other, which can help making a decision much easier.
- A typical day
With Casa Travella, they typically arrange for you to see around five properties in the morning and then the same in the afternoon, assuming that the first morning viewing starts by 10am and first afternoon viewing at 3pm.
- Go with a positive attitude
It can be easy to assume that this will be a long process, but bear in mind that you may discover that dream Italian home on your first visit. Be prepared for this!
- Give feedback to your agent
By letting them know what you did or didn’t like about the area in which you have been viewing, this allows your agent to reconsider where to focus on next for future potential properties.