Making the most of your viewing trip to Italy
If you’re ready to move to Italy, or to buy a holiday home here, the first step is to organise a viewing trip. Of course, you’ll probably know the area well already, but a viewing trip is where things need to get a little more organised and business-like. Read our guide, then download our free worksheets to keep you in control.
Once you have decided on an area, it is hugely beneficial to visit without the added pressure of feeling like you have to buy something while you are there. If you have the luxury to enjoy a familiarisation trip of this nature, take the time to explore the local area, chat to the locals that could become your neighbours, visit the shops, eat at the restaurants and cafes, and visit the attractions. For more information about viewing trips, download our free Viewing Trip guide.
You need to give yourself ample time to establish that the area and property are completely right for you.
How long should my viewing trip last?
Making a decision to buy a property requires careful consideration. For this reason, you need to give yourself ample time to establish that the area and property are completely right for you. We recommend planning your viewing trip so that you have adequate time for exploration, and for further action, should the perfect property arise. We understand that not everyone has the luxury of time, or the budget to fund repeated trips to Italy, but where possible avoid putting yourself in a stressful situation where you feel rushed into making a decision. We recommend booking a trip of between 4-7 days.
TOP TIP: Before you book, make sure you confirm that there are no public holidays taking place. The last thing you want is to arrive in Italy to discover that nothing will be open for the duration of your stay.
When should I go on my viewing trip?
Where possible, book at least one trip during off-season. It’s important to know what your new home will be like when the sun isn’t shining, and when temperatures drop. The advantage of visiting out of peak season is that estate agents and vendors will be a lot quieter, which means you should receive more attention, and may have a higher chance of securing a lower price. You might also find that it is easier to view properties at this time, because during peak season they could be being let to tourists.
Where possible, book at least one trip during off-season.
Where should I stay on my trip?
Although tempting to book into a hotel, we recommend renting a property in your target area. This will help you to get a feel of what life will be like when you live there. Having to complete day-to-day tasks like grocery shopping will mean you’re forced to navigate the area, and interact with the people. Plus it will show you how accessible the amenities are and how much key items cost. It will also help you to see whether there is a flight path overhead, or a particularly noisy street dotted with nightclubs and bars that you need to avoid.
How can I make the best use of my time on the trip?
To ensure you make the most out of your viewing trip you will need to secure a good estate agent, and make sure that they fully understand your requirements. That way, they can make sure that your time is only spent looking at properties that meet your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to ply your agent with questions as they drive you between locations – this is key fact-finding time, and they should have a lot of answers for you if they know their stuff. Remember to take photographs and notes at every property, so that you will still be able to remember which property was which at the end of a long day of viewings.
Along with our essential Viewing Trip Guide, we’ve put together a downloadable property analysis worksheet specifically designed to help our readers keep track of the details of the properties that they have visited on viewing trips. Call the Resource Team on 020 7898 0549 to receive your free copy.
TOP TIP: Make sure that your note taking at each property is thorough – note down points on the general appearance, the location, the access to local amenities, any added touches that appealed, and so on. The more detailed the notes, the easier it will be to remember the facts that will help you make the right decision.
To ensure you make the most out of your viewing trip you will need to secure a good estate agent, and make sure that they fully understand your requirements.
Make your viewing trip work for you
The most important thing to remember about viewing trips is that there are no rules. Some may need to make a couple of trips out there to determine their options, whilst others may find their dream property on the first go. What’s important is making sure that your trip works for you, and that you get exactly what you need out of it. For more information about viewing trips, download our free
The Viewing Trip Guide is designed to support you through the process of a successful property viewing trip, with tips and information on the most important steps to take. The guide will help you to: