Property Viewing 101

Are you on the lookout for the perfect property to purchase or to rent and call home? With over 100,000 listings on Gumtree, there are plenty houses, apartments, townhomes, and holiday houses to choose from.

But how do you know you are getting the best deal? How to you ensure there are no nasty surprises post-move-in? This search can be daunting, but with the help of these tips, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way. Hello, new home!

Be Prepared

Before heading off for any viewing, it is best to prepare a list of questions to ask the Realtor, current tenant, or home owner. Knowledge is power!

Don’t Go Alone

Bringing a friend or family member will not only keep your safe, but will allow for a second point of view. They may also have a few questions to ask that you didn’t put on your original list.

Inspect Carefully

It can be exciting when you walk into a space that you instantly fall in love with, but don’t let first impressions fool you. Take your time to walk through the space and inspect every little nook and cranny to ensure everything is in working order. If you find anything, be sure to tell the landlord so that they have ample time to ensure things are fixed before you move in.

Inspect the Outside

Once you are finished inspecting the inside and feel like this place may be the one, take some extra time to check out the yard (if there is one) and the surrounding streets. You will want to be somewhat familiar with the neighbourhood and what it has to offer, and will want to ask your new landlord who is responsible for taking care of the garden.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find these items close to home.

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