Recent reports have shown that the average Londoner spends 60 hours looking for a property every time they move. Trying to book an appointment and then rushing to meet the estate agent after work to view can be time consuming. Tenants can save time and effort when looking for a property by using the internet for virtual property viewings. We have recently come across an article in The Evening Standard advocating a ‘new service’ which is soon to be launched, where property hunters can pay for a trained property assistant to tour properties on their behalf and live stream a video to their phone, tablet or laptop. The service has been developed to take away the stress of viewing properties and costs up to £100 per tour.
However, here at City Living London, we have been carrying out virtual property viewings for a number of years with the use of Skype and Facetime. Some of our potential tenants living overseas, looking to rent in London, prefer this method of viewing a property rather than having to fly into the UK to source their new London home.
But how does it work? What are the costs? The answer is: there are no costs. All that is required is Skype or Facetime. Our experienced negotiators will show you the property and advise on the next steps if you wish to put in an offer. We have received offers through Skype and Facetime and can see this is becoming very popular method with many agents. We also do not believe it is something for which tenants should have to pay. In an expensive London property market, it is important to ensure that tenants’ fees are kept to a minimum.
If you are living overseas and you are about to start searching for a home in London, contact us on 020 7351 6100 and we would be delighted to take you on a virtual tour of any listings which may suit!