This is how many househunters in Sheffield would put down an offer on a home based on a virtual viewing

Virtual property viewings have come into their own during the pandemic, allowing people to look at homes without having to visit them physically.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 2:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2021, 10:15 pm

And it seems lockdown may have left a lasting impact on buyers in Sheffield.

Just over 40 per cent of prospective purchasers in the city would be willing to put down an offer on a home without stepping foot in it, according to new research.

More than half – 58 per cent – of buyers in Sheffield said they were happy to do virtual viewings generally, with close to two-thirds saying they found virtual viewings to be more efficient, the study by estate agent Purplebricks has discovered.

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Buyers would be prepared to put down an offer on a home based on a virtual viewing. Image: Pixabay.

Philip Price, Purplebricks’ territory operator for Sheffield, said: “The pandemic has thrown up many new challenges for buyers and sellers across Sheffield. But this has heralded a new era of virtual house hunting and homeowners are quickly adopting this new way of buying and selling homes.

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“We’ve seen more interest in virtual viewings as buyers look to keep on the move, despite certain restrictions over these challenging times. The house market in the city and surrounding region is still very busy. Buyers have welcomed the speed and ease of doing viewings from the comfort of their own sofa, and sellers have welcomed a new way to show off their property – so it’s more important than ever to make a great virtual first impression.”

The study was based on a survey of over 1,000 UK adults across five UK cities conducted last month.

Philip Price of Purplebricks. Image: Purplebricks.

Sixty-two per cent of respondents in Sheffield said they found virtual viewings less awkward than face-to-face viewings. Over three quarters of those asked agreed that virtual viewings may become the norm when househunting, while over two-thirds of potential buyers had done a virtual viewing in the last year.

Almost three quarters wanted to see every room in the house during an online tour, and 60 per cent wanted a virtual viewing to show them the size of the garden. A lack of photos or video content is likely to put off potential buyers, the research indicated.

Thirty-eight per cent of those asked said they appreciated it when a seller makes sure no mess appears in images, and creating an attractive exterior was also appealing to over 30 per cent.

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