When moving to a new area, viewing properties to let or buy can be difficult.

Things can change rapidly in the rental market especially. Even prospective tenants who are organised can find they miss out if they’re unable to attend in a timely fashion.

Properties can appear and disappear quickly, meaning viewers can never guarantee what will be on offer at the time they have set aside for viewings.

That’s a problem exaggerated when those looking to relocate are doing so from far flung parts of the UK or overseas.

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How to solve the problem?

Fortunately technology steps in here. It’s becoming increasingly common for those who can’t get to a property, whether to rent or buy, to book virtual viewings.

This is where an agent takes the viewer on a tour of the property while on a video call. This can be done using platforms such as FaceTime, Whatsapp or Google Hangouts.

While video calls cannot take the place of traditional viewing completely, for agents they are an increasingly important weapon in our armoury.

Instead of relying on photos, the viewer can ask the agent to go anywhere. The viewer can ask them to open cupboards, for example, and show real detail in the rooms. It all takes place in real time, with no delay.

It’s also convenient for the prospective tenant or buyer who doesn’t need to worry about the expense of coming to London.

Those already living in the capital often have busy lives too. That means leaving work early to see a flat is a hassle.

Here viewers can look round from anywhere with a reliable internet connection.

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Why virtual viewing makes sense

From a landlords’ or vendors’ perspectives the advantages are many.

A call and tour with an agent offers the best chance for the property’s features to be discussed at length and presented in their best light.

By maximising the number of people who can view a property, this strategy ensures greater exposure than traditional methods.

We at Metro 148 are delighted to arrange viewings via Whatsapp on sales and lettings properties subject to agreement with the landlord or vendor.

Call Metro 148 director Angelou Beswick direct on 020 7613 4600 or email info@metro148.com.

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