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What to Look for When Touring a Home

Friday, December 23, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

What to Look for When Touring a Home

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It might be exciting to tour houses, especially if you're a first-time home buyer. However, it's simple to get carried away in the thrill of it all and fail to notice that you're overlooking some crucial information about the house. Knowing what you want before going on home tours is a great place to start, and don't be afraid to test anything while you're there.
 
We've outlined it for you so you can feel more assured while you tour houses:
 
- How to get ready for an open house
- How to book a tour.
- What to watch out for when visiting a home
- Issues to raise before, during, and following a home tour
 
A home tour.
One of the most exciting aspects of the house-buying process is home tours. The easiest way to determine whether a home is a good fit for you is to take a home tour, which will allow you to see those online listings in person for the first time. It's always preferable if you can visit the house in person. Therefore, set up a tour as soon as you can after discovering a home online that you are truly interested in.
 
As you tour the home, remember to take notes and pictures. This will make it simpler for you to remember your impressions and the specifics of each home since you'll typically be touring a few different houses. Try everything: open and close doors, flick light switches, check the water pressure, and don't forget to have a look at the home's outside.
 
Try not to get distracted by insignificant aesthetic aspects like paint colors or hardware finishes because no house will be perfect. When looking for a home, you should keep an eye out for any warning signs. As you tour the house, your agent should be able to point out any issues and respond to your inquiries.
 
What distinguishes a private home tour from an open house?
A public open house is a laid-back gathering that is frequently organized by the listing agent and provides everyone the chance to casually view the property up for sale. The majority of open houses are held on Saturday and Sunday, either during the morning or early afternoon. Open houses are a terrific method to take your agent or yourself to have a casual look at a house. You typically won't be able to see the house in as much detail as you'd like though, as they are open to everyone. You should schedule a second private tour with your real estate agent if you want to spend more time taking precise measurements and inspecting every square inch.
 
Working with a buyer's agent is typically necessary in order to privately view a home. The greatest way to fully appreciate a home is through a personal, in-person home tour. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to acquire a sense of the area as well as the house itself.
 
Getting ready for a home tour
Do some web study and start separating your list of must-haves from nice-to-haves before you start looking at houses. Then look for houses in your price range to tour. Before you start looking at houses, think about the following.
 
Do some neighborhood research
Before or after your property tour, spend some time exploring the area. What is the vibe of the neighborhood? Is it active or peaceful? Are there local restaurants, shops, and other amenities? How are the schools?
 
Room sizes, number of rooms, floor plan
Do you enjoy the separation between rooms in a house better than an open floor plan? Consider the functionality of the home's floor plan and layout when you tour homes to determine whether it will suit your lifestyle.
 
Before you start looking at houses, you'll probably decide how many bedrooms you want, but when you start seeing houses in person, don't forget to take note of the size of the rooms. When your children get older, will the bedrooms still be big enough for them? Will there be room for a home office to fit in there? The size of each bedroom is just as significant as the total number of bedrooms.
 
The direction your home faces and natural light
Consider the amount of light each room may receive during the day if having lots of natural light is high on your list of must-haves. The house faces either north or south. A south-facing residence will typically receive the most sunlight throughout the day.
 
Do you favor a particular home's style or age?
Have you decided on a certain design for your house? There are many different types of homes, ranging from mid-century modern residences to homes in the craftsman style. You can narrow down your search by learning more about the home style(s) you are most drawn to by looking through listings online.
 
Would you prefer to purchase a ready-to-move-in turnkey home? Are you searching for an older house that you can remodel or update slightly? There are additional safeguards you'll want to take before making an offer if you're thinking about purchasing an older house. If the house has popcorn ceilings, you should think about if there might be asbestos present. How is the basement? When will the roof require replacement again?
 
Outdoor elements
Last but not least, you should have a clear notion of what kind of outdoor space you're looking for. Do you desire a huge, open yard? Do you want a pool in your outside space or enough room to put one in? Or are you seeking a smaller patio area where you can still relax outside without having to maintain a big yard?