What Exactly Is Property Due Diligence?

You will have heard the term ‘due diligence’ a lot when it comes to property. But, what does this actually mean when it comes to buying an investment property? You want to really understand what your money is going into. You want to know the area. You want to know what the potential is for capital growth. The important thing, however, is to be thorough.

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Today we’re going to be looking at a client’s question regarding what property due diligence is.

Well, essentially, property due diligence is a series of reasonable steps that investors should take before buying an investment property.

So, whether you’re investing in serviced residences or investing in an HMO, your due diligence is simply a way of describing the stages must you go through, if you want everything to be right.

The Question Is:

“Hi Rob, I was wondering if you could give me an example of the due diligence needed for buying an investment property. I keep hearing I should do my due diligence before proceeding but I am not sure what is exactly meant by it. It probably seems like a stupid question.

“But as I am yet to get started in property investment, I thought I would ask.

“Thanks, Trev.”

What Is Property Due Diligence?

Property due diligence is the process of properly evaluating an investment property before you buy. Through this process, the potential investor is seeking to understand the property’s true commercial potential and any risks involved in the purchase.

A property is always a big investment. There is a lot of money that goes into a property deal. So obviously, you don’t want to make mistakes that could have been avoided if you had done your research.

And that is what due diligence means… research.

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Price Versus Value

The key thing we consider when buying an investment property is price versus value.

Put simply, you should be buying property at below market value but certainly, you want to ensure that you never overpay.

So, we check sold prices on other comparable properties. We make market comparisons. We want to know how the property compares to others in its local area.

In order to do this yourself, you have to follow a process.

Undertanding the Local Area

The second thing is making sure that there is a ready local market. You need to know that the property is commercially viable.

  • If you are looking to sell the property on then you want to make sure that there is going to be someone to sell it to.
  • If you are looking to buy a property, refurbish it and sell then you need to know there’s an active market.
  • If the person you are hoping to sell to is a first-time buyer then you need to make sure that there are first time buyers looking at the area in which you’ve invested and so on.

Are there sales happening in the area in which you are looking to invest? What kind of property is selling? Who are the buyers?

It is knowing all this that constitutes due diligence.

Calculating Rental Demand

If you’re looking to rent the property out you will need to make sure that there is a ready rental demand.

It needs to be on the right street and have the right post code. It needs to be the right kind of property in terms of size, condition and style. It’s very important that when you’re looking to build your buy to let portfolio that you consider all these elements.

See Also: Using Rightmove and Zoopla to Calculate Rental Demand

6 Things You Must Do Before You Buy An Investment Property

For more information, you should have a look at our article on due diligence6 things to do before investing in a property.

In that article we cover:

  1. Speak To Your Local Letting Agents Before Your Buy
  2. Make ‘Proper’ Local Comparisons
  3. Make Sure You Are Looking At The Right Data
  4. Make Sure You Understand The Local Area
  5. Trust Your Instincts
  6. Don’t Fall Prey To Deal Desperation

Your Strategy

Your Property due diligence will vary depending on what property investment strategy you’re looking to utilise.

You want to make sure that the property is viable for the strategy you’re wanting to follow, whether the aim it to rent it out or flip it on.

Property Due Diligence | Training

We offer a property training course which covers 12 topics.

One of these is due diligence but there is a lot more in there besides including how to determine property values or the suitability of an area.

But the bottom line is that you need to be asking yourself some key questions before buying an investment property.

Say your target market is families, is the property close to a school?

Or, say you are looking to invest in property as a pension. Does the area have good property growth? Has the area got a history of capital growth? Is there potential for growth in the future?

There are a lot of things we look for when we practise due diligence. We’ve touched on a few things here which hopefully gives you a bit of a head start.

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In there we cover a range of different property strategies to help you get started on building a long-term property portfolio or creating a cash flowing property business.

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Any Questions?

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2 Responses to “What Exactly Is Property Due Diligence?”

  1. Susan says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article…I have been planning to invest in number of properties in North England for a while now..Due to my little knowledge about property investments, I was very confused and lost…This article has been very helpful to me and I look forward to implementing your advice while investing..

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