Planning is everything when embarking on a viewing trip to Australia, to ensure you make the most of your time on the other side of the world.
Viewing trips are a great way to learn about living in a location you’ve fallen for, checking out properties that fit your requirements and even networking for future job opportunities. Here are a few things to consider prior to jumping on a plane Down Under.
Which locations will you visit?
When planning a viewing trip to Australia you must consider the size of the country, and the amount of time you have to travel around. Flying domestically is much more realistic than driving from place to place, if there are a few different areas you’d like to visit that aren’t close to one another. Domestic flights in Australia are affordable, especially between capital cities, and there are often multiple flights per day. Make a list of the areas you’d like to visit on your viewing trip, and then make a travel plan of how you will get from one place to the next.
Viewing trips are a great way to learn about living in a location you’ve fallen for in and checking out properties that fit your requirements
Alternatively, some cities are close enough to drive between for a chance to see Australia in all its glory. A great example is the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide. Drive along one of Australia’s most famous routes past world-class surfing breaks in the Southern Ocean, heathland and dairy farms, along the top of sheer limestone cliffs and through rainforest and tranquil seaside towns.
Don’t be too polite
Steer clear of any estate agent that tries to dictate your time or schedule while there. A good agent might offer to find you a hotel, drive you around, even take you for a bite to eat, but equally they will be happy to leave you to your own devices.
Don’t waste any precious time driving miles to view a property which you know isn’t for you the moment you arrive. Use tools like Google Streetview to research properties that lack don’t match your aesthetic requirements before you even set off for Australia. Once you’re back in the UK, you won’t get a second chance to see it in the flesh, as you would if you were buying somewhere in the UK. That’s why your your smart phones is another useful too. Use it to take photos and video clips of properties you view for future reference.
Knowing how to drive a bargain when buying could help you get more house for your dollar. Read our guide, How to Negotiate Abroad.
Be ready with a deposit
Have a few thousand pounds ready in your account in case you need find the property of your dreams on your viewing trip, and need to secure it via a reservation deposit there and then. We recommend registering with Smart Currency Exchange already prior to your viewing trip, so you can plan your budget.