Visiting Property After Offer Accepted: Is It Acceptable?

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You may be wondering if it is possible to arrange another visit to the house you are buying after your offer has been accepted, and the house is sold STC.

You maybe worrying about whether it’s considered bad form to visit again, or whether the vendors will worry about you pulling out of the sale. Which is why it is important to get the protocol right when visiting a property after your offer is accepted.

It’s quite normal to visit a property after your offer has been accepted, which also proves to the vendor that you are serious about progressing with the purchase. Many estates agents will encourage you to visit the house after your offer has been accepted too.

You may also want to read this article “Offer On House Accepted Now What: 4 Main Steps To Follow“, as this will guide you through the next steps after your offer is accepted.

But also, please take time to read this article to discover how you could save £71,475 on your next mortgage if you sell your house and rent before buying againEven I was amazed when I did the calculations!

Can you visit a house after offer accepted?

You can visit a property after your offer has been accepted, which is most commonly for measuring up for furniture to make sure it fits your new home. You need arrange your visit with the estate agent, who should normally be happy to organise a further visit.

Be sure to make it clear why you want to visit again, that way you avoid any misunderstanding with the sellers. But on the whole, most sellers who are serious about selling will consider further visits to view their property a minor inconvenience.

It is important to visit a property more than once during the buying process, as you never want to have any regrets. But make sure the sellers don’t think you are using this as a delaying tactic.

Reasons for visiting property after offer accepted

  1. For another member of the family to view the property, like an elderly mother or father who may be living with you when you move in.
  2. To measure up for furniture to make sure it fits your new home.
  3. To measure up for carpets or other flooring.
  4. Measuring up for curtains.
  5. Checking for things you may have forgotten or missed during your first visit.
  6. Checking the space for the size of your fridge.
  7. To take your builder to the property to access and quote for proposed works post completion.
  8. To check rooms sizes before buying new furniture, kitchen appliances etc.
  9. To discuss the workings of the boiler, bin collection days and other important nuances to this property whilst the owner still lives there.
  10. If you are having second thoughts about proceeding with the purchase, another visit may allay your negative thoughts.
  11. You are excited about your new home and you simply want to see the property again.
  12. To discuss the result of the house survey with the sellers, which might involve a renegotiation on price.
  13. A recommended viewing immediately prior to exchanging contracts, which is something most good solicitors will advise.
  14. Another property has come on to the market and you want to compare it*.

* Be careful you don’t mess the sellers around, and if this new property is with the same estate agents, they may inform their client about your viewing.

How many times can you visit house after offer accepted?

There are no set rules to how many times you visit a house after your offer is accepted, but it’s quite normal for some buyers to visit at least twice before exchanging contacts.

But to avoid annoying the sellers you should limit the number of times you visit again to a maximum of two visits prior to exchange of contracts, and one visit after contracts have been exchanged.

It’s also important for the vendor of the property to not feel you are dragging your feet over the purchase.

How to approach visiting property after offer accepted

Before you visit the property after your offer has been accepted, make a list of what you want to check so you don’t forget to check what you need to when you are at the property. Try to check everything you need to on the one visit if you can to avoid annoying the seller.

As you progress your house purchase and get to exchange of contracts, you may then wonder about visiting after contracts are exchanged. With this in mind, please take a read of this article: “Should You View Property Again Before Exchange Of Contracts? (Final Viewing Tips)“.

Accepting visits on your property after offer accepted

If you are the property seller it’s quite normal to be asked by your buyers to visit your property again after accepting their offer. Most buyers will only want to visit one more time, but some may ask to visit more times, but no matter how many times they want to visit it’s always best to oblige.

Also, take it as a positive that your buyers want to visit again, because if they don’t visit again it might mean they are not that keen or excited about buying your property. In theory, the more times your buyers visit, the more invested they are in the buying process.

Pro tip: Ask your estate agent to accompany the visit to your property, especially if you prefer to not be at the property during the visit.

Final thoughts about visiting property after offer accepted

It is important you do whatever is necessary to make sure the property you’re buying is right for you. Buying a property is a big investment, and in most cases is the largest investment most people make. But if you are a first-time buyer, and this is your first property purchase, this will all be new to you.

It’s normal to have second thoughts, and it’s okay to want to visit for any of the reasons listed above, or for any other reason that is important to you. Just so long as you communicate your reasons with the seller’s estate agent as to why you would like to visit again, all will be okay.

Most sellers will be more than happy to accommodate further visits to their property, as they will understand it from their own perspective. Most sellers will appreciate how you will be handing over thousands of pounds, and will be keen for the sale to go through quickly and smoothly. It is therefore in their interest to accommodate your requests for further visits.

However, if your reason for another visit after your offer has been accepted is because you may be having second thoughts, I suggest you frame your reason to the estate agent carefully.

For example, if the house is near a main road, or is near a railway line or perhaps near an airport, you may want to check noise levels again. Ideally you should carry out these checks before making an offer on the house, but it maybe a family member or a friend has said something to you, meaning you want to check again.

If this is the case, you may want to ask your family member or friend to come to see the house with you, and if you explain to the estate agent you want your friend or family member to view the property, this should be okay.

If the seller is reluctant to allow further visits to their property, be wary as this may indicate there are problems the vendor is trying to hide that may be uncovered with further visits.

Please don’t forget to read this before you leave…

Please don’t forget to also read this article to discover how you could save £71,475 on your next mortgage if you sell your house and rent before buying againAs I said earlier, even I was amazed when I did the calculations!

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Visiting Property After Offer Accepted: Is It Acceptable?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been investing in property since purchasing his first commercial property in the 1990's for his own Chartered Accountancy business. But his first property investment project was to turn an old dilapidated restaurant into a large 5-bed home, which he purchased for £117,500 and sold for £450,000 (to see an "after" photo of the house before it was sold see here: About). Russell owns a number of investment properties, which includes houses, flats and HMO's. More recently he has turned his creative side to investing in property using lease options. His largest lease option deal to date was to acquire 12 properties worth over £2 million for just £12, which means he paid just £1 to acquire each property!

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