Is it normal to view the house you’re buying more than once?

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whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:09:39

We are at the point of exchange (next week fingers crossed) and our buyer wants to come over to measure up for blinds or some such.

They have been three times already, twice before putting in their offer and then again mid way through the conveyancing process.

We’ve only viewed the house we’re buying once and I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking for repeated visits in the current situation or in any situation really.

I think our buyer’s a bit cheeky! I’ve agreed to all visits as I don’t want to discourage them.

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ShoesJerry Sat 12-Sep-20 12:11:21

We've viewed twice each of the two times we've bought: once the initial viewing and then a second time to take measurements or check a particular issue that we wanted to clarify. Never more than twice though. I think once is potentially too few for a purchase that's so significant.

Idontgiveagriffindamn Sat 12-Sep-20 12:11:23

We viewed the house we own now 3 times. Twice before we offered and once afterwards to measure up for new carpets and curtains.
I find it odd that you’d spend a huge amount of money and only view it once tbh

whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:17:17

That’s interesting. We’ve bought three houses previously and this next will be our fourth. Only ever viewed once! I can understand a couple of times maybe, but four seems excessive.

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Ajahd Sat 12-Sep-20 12:20:50

We viewed our property 3 times. First time to see it, second to get a second opinion from my dad (we were first time buyers and didn't necessarily know what to look out for), put in our offer and a few weeks later asked to view again to get measurements so we could order furniture. Hoping our sellers didn't see us as cheeky!

DuesToTheDirt Sat 12-Sep-20 12:21:05

I'd never view a house just once. It's a colossal amount of money and where you live affects your life and your well-being.

whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:22:29

It sounds like it is normal then!

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Strawberrypancakes Sat 12-Sep-20 12:23:13

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rorosemary Sat 12-Sep-20 12:23:16

Mostly viewed once, although I loved it when the previous owner of this home invited us for another look if we were interested in measuring for curtains et cetera. We happily took the chance.

BigSpringy Sat 12-Sep-20 12:24:39

Several thousands/hundreds of thousands of pounds on an item you've only seen once for about 15 mins?

No way...

Flamingolingo Sat 12-Sep-20 12:26:27

I visited this house maybe 5 or 6 times before we moved in. Two were actual viewings before putting an offer in. I also met the surveyor here so that he could talk things through. Then DH and I came back after the survey to check over the results. I came back on another occasion to agree to some furniture that was being left/gifted to us, and again because there were problems with the electricity meter (it had two separate meters so I needed photos).

Our buyers came once to view, and another after offering, then again after their survey. They lived near to us and it was super awkward because they wanted other random visits.

If you don’t want them to measure up then you could say no more visits until exchange if you really wanted. You would be justified with the cases going up. But it’s ok to want to view a huge investment multiple times.

whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:26:58

@BigSpringy I see what you’re saying and maybe once isn’t enough (though it’s always worked for us) but four times is still excessive, no??

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WiserOlder Sat 12-Sep-20 12:27:54

I think it's fairly normal. I viewed this house twice.

WiserOlder Sat 12-Sep-20 12:29:38

4 times!! ah no, what are they doing!

the first time, the house made a general impression on me, and the second time I went back I had specific things that I knew I had missed, and I noted the answers to the questions I couldn't answer from my memory iyswim. But that was twice. And I made an offer and bought the house.

Four times! Is dithering their hobby?

monkeyonthetable Sat 12-Sep-20 12:30:20

It's not cheeky at all. They are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds. We can take 30 mins to decide what dress or jeans we buy. As long as I knew they weren't messing around, I'd let a buyer in often to look at the place at different times of day, to measure up, to check dimensions etc. No problem. I'd never ever buy a house I'd viewed once.

BasiliskStare Sat 12-Sep-20 12:30:28

I would have taken coming to measure up for things a positive sign

whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:31:09

@flamingolingo it’s funny though, because the two properties we’ve sold previously, the buyers only viewed once, so this time it feels odd to us that someone would want to come over more often.
I am concerned about the rise in cases though, as I’m in a higher risk group, but equally don’t want to be awkward if our buyer really wants to come. It’s been a very long drawn out process and I do not want to cause a problem so close to exchange!

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WiserOlder Sat 12-Sep-20 12:32:23

Actually, given that they want to measure for blinds I would see it as positive that they're visualising this, it's going ahead. I would just ask them to come between xx and xx and leave it quite narrow and not over think it. Blinds can take weeeeeeks to fit. It doesn't seem that crazy that the they want to measure for blinds.

Are they hoping you'll offer to leave the existing blinds??

Reddog1 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:32:31

Same as most on here. Twice before offering and then again to measure at the time of exchange so we could order stuff to arrive the day after completion.

Ihopeyourcakeisshit Sat 12-Sep-20 12:32:54

4 times no.
I would expect 2 visits pre- offer and then 1 to measure of necessary.

whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:33:02

@WiserOlder oh they’re committed, we’re about to exchange! I don’t see why they can’t wait until we complete given it should be less than a fortnight away!

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PleasantVille Sat 12-Sep-20 12:33:03

Totally normal to view more than once, I'm really surprised that you think otherwise, have you not come across the term second viewing?

As long as it's not excessive I wouldn't have a problem.

WiserOlder Sat 12-Sep-20 12:34:19


I would have taken coming to measure up for things a positive sign

Yeh, I've only bought one house but at the point where I was planning what furniture I was going to need and what could fit where, I would have been devastated if it had fallen through, so @whatsthatnow74 understand the frustration but just re-frame it as ''yay, no sign of it falling through at this late stage in the day''

whatsthatnow74 Sat 12-Sep-20 12:34:38

@PleasantVille yes, second viewing but not fourth viewing 😂

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Viviennemary Sat 12-Sep-20 12:36:05

I think twice before offering and once to measure up. But don't think there's anything odd about coming again. As long as its not every week.

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