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    • Tiners
    • By Tiners 18th May 17, 1:33 PM
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    Requesting an Unaccompanied 2nd viewing?
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    • 18th May 17, 1:33 PM
    Requesting an Unaccompanied 2nd viewing? 18th May 17 at 1:33 PM
    When viewing houses I tend to find I spend more time and mental energy having to make polite conversation with the EA showing (following) me round and it proves to be a major distraction from the job in hand of actually looking at the property!

    There is now one property that I'm potentially interested in to the point of wanting to arrange a 2nd viewing, would it be unreasonable/unusual/odd to request the viewing be unaccompanied? Just so I can spend a good 15-20 mins in the house (and garden) quietly trying to get a 'feel' for the property and the immediate surroundings?

    This particular property is completely empty following a refurb, has been on the market for a long time, over a year, and is only 100 yards away from the EA's office so it shouldn't be too inconvenient for them to meet me there and then pop back 20 minutes later to see me out and lock up.

    Is it a reasonable request or would I be regarded as a complete oddball?!
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    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 18th May 17, 6:42 PM
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    As others have said I think you need to be more assertive about what you want.
    The ea is interested in making a sale not in being your best friend, so just politely say "do you mind if we don't chat as I'd like to get a good feel for the place". Absolutely no reason at all why any business person would be offended by that.
    • Tiners
    • By Tiners 18th May 17, 6:58 PM
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    Thanks again, yes definitely need to be a little more assertive and maybe even a little less polite... and not feel obliged to make constant small talk with EA!
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 19th May 17, 1:57 AM
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    Like LEJC we've previously had unaccompanied viewings on completely empty properties.

    Our first viewing of our current house in 2014 was a rushed affair - the EA knew we'd driven three and a half hours solely to view this one house, yet chivvied us along to the point where we went into the large, overgrown garden expecting to go back inside for a second look around only to find she'd locked the door and was ready to head off to her next appointment.

    When we viewed for a second time, we specifically stated that we wanted an hour slot.....which we got

    By the third viewing - offer now accepted - we asked if we could pick up the keys and have an hour or two at the house on our own, to which the EA readily agreed.

    A previous house purchase in a different county went similarly. Once we'd had an offer accepted the EA - and vendors who no longer lived at the property - were prefectly happy to give us the keys. In fact the vendors allowed us to move most of our stuff in between exchange and completion on that one
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