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Sunday, September 17, 2017

What To Look For During A Home Tour


Ready to buy a home and starting to tour homes that meet your needs and spark your interest?

Open House

Open houses are great when you are just starting your home buying process, and open houses are easy to get into. Most open house events occur on Saturdays during the day, increasing the likelihood of potential buyers to see the home. Look for signs in the neighborhoods you are interested in and watch digital listings on such sites as Facebook and KSL. If you are already working with a real estate Agent, he or she can help notify you of open house events that meet most of your criteria. Plan for 30 to 45 minutes to tour an open house. If you are interested in the home, your Agent can gather additional details and set up a private home tour.

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Private Home Tours

Your real estate Agent will set up individual home tours for you to walk through homes that meet many to most of your requirements. Private home tours are the best way to really see the home and ask questions. Plan for an hour (maybe a little longer, depending on the home size) to walk through the entire home and property, as well as get a feel for the neighborhood. Review the listing sheet before you set up the private home tours to make sure the home meets enough of your requirements to truly consider putting in an offer. If the home looks good on paper, then proceed with scheduling a tour of the home with your Agent.

Things to Consider During a Home Tour

Once inside a home, be courteous, but don’t be timid. Open cupboards, closets, and doors. Look through all the spaces and fully investigate the home to understand what the property and residential structure include.

  • Neighborhood and location (schools, major roadways, drivetime to work, etc.)
  • Neighboring homes (proximity to home being toured)
  • Noise levels inside and outside the home

After your home tour, take a look at the neighborhood and consider whether you would like to live in that area.

  • Architectural structure (inside and out)
  • Floor plan layout throughout
  • Number and size of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Closet and storage space throughout
  • Number of floors and location of stairs (if any)
  • Lights and location of lighting throughout
  • Plumbing and water pressure, including water heater
  • Amount of natural light and views (if any)
  • Remodeling opportunities

  • Foundation and siding material - check for any obvious damage or issues
  • Roof and rain gutters
  • Porches and decks (structure, location, accessibility)
  • Driveway, garage and parking capacity
  • Lawn, yard and flowerbeds - consider maintenance required for upkeep
  • Sprinkler system (if any)
  • Central A/C or swamp cooler unit(s)

Take Notes

After a full day or week of touring a few homes, it’s easy to confuse details of the homes you have seen and walked through. Be sure to keep printed copies of each home’s listing sheets. Take notes directly on the listing sheet and capture any additional photos with your cell. Even a video walking tour on your cell can be quite helpful after touring several homes. Capture the listing sheet at the beginning of the footage and/or photos to help keep the homes straight. Looking through your photos and notes with fresh eyes after the tour may trigger additional questions you have about the home and will help your Agent to know more about what you like and what you are looking for.

What to Ask Your Agent

Agents tour homes all the time, plus, they know which new listings have hit the market. Your agent may not have all the answers to your questions, but he/she can take notes and get the answers back to you following the tour.

Common questions to ask your Agent during a home tour:
  • How long has this home been on the market?
  • Do you know of any any repairs needed?
  • How old is the roof?
  • When was the last update or remodel?
  • How old is the electrical and plumbing?
  • Any HOA fees?
  • Do you think it is fairly priced or is there any flexibility in the price?
  • How does the price compare to other listings in the area?

To Summarize

Buying a home takes a lot of time and consideration. Take your time when touring homes and ask all questions that come to mind. Depending on the timing of your home buying, the market may be very competitive for buyers, so be patient. If you see a home you like,  be aggressive with your offer and rely on your Agent to help you through the process. Remember too, it is common to fall in love with one of the first homes you tour. Be sure to walk through a few homes to really get a feel for what you like and what you don’t before you decide to move forward with one. In an aggressive market, timing is key. Your Agent will be your strongest ally during this time. Be thorough when looking at homes and enjoy the process.

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