From the online listings highlighting beautiful photos of fabulous features, you think you’ve found the home of your dreams. Or two! Or FIVE! But that internet Swan may turn out to actually be an Ugly Duckling. A picture tells a thousand words, but never the whole story. So before you get out your checkbook we’ll schedule a property tour.
Before we go though, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
- Most sellers will require that you are pre-approved with a lender before seeing their home.
- Many sellers require prior notice for showings – up to 24 hours. Other restrictions on available showing hours may also be in place (for their sanity) such as no showings before or after a certain hour. Or perhaps no showings on certain days of the week.
- Wear comfortable shoes that are easily removed, as some homeowners ask that no street shoes be worn in the home.
- Dress for the weather and be prepared for vacant homes to have no heat or A/C. Driveways may be uncleared in the winter.
- Download a Flashlight App for use in those homes where the utilities have been turned off – or more commonly, light bulbs need replacing.
- Don’t assume that a restroom will be available. Vacant homes will often have been ‘winterized’ – with the water turned off and drained from the system.
- Avoid touching any personal property, furnishings or art as we don’t want to be responsible should anything get broken.
- Keep children in sight and remind them not to touch or play with toys and things they see in the house.
- NannyCams and other electronic tools are becoming more prevalent in homes for sale. Take care not to mention things that could hurt you in negotiations (such as what you can afford, or how much you’d offer) while in the home. You never know who’s watching and listening. The same goes for any time a homeowner is present during a showing.
- During a showing, we typically would not be in crawl spaces and attics. The home inspection will usually take place after a contract is agreed to and signed by both parties.
The house you ultimately choose to call home will play a major role in your family’s life. A home can be an excellent investment, but more importantly, it should fit your lifestyle, with spaces and features that appeal to everyone in the family. As you look at each home, consider these important factors:
- Is there enough room for you now and in the near future?
- Does the floor plan feel comfortable?
- Is there enough storage space?
- Will you need to replace the appliances or any fixtures in the near future?
- Are there enough bathrooms?
- Are you comfortable with the location?
- Are you comfortable with the monthly payment?
- How much renovation and repairs will you need to do immediately? Down the road?
- Will your current furniture work in this home?
Some people speed through houses and can go all day without tiring. Others find it a slog. No matter, we’ll go at your pace. If you need a break, let me know and we’ll adjust accordingly.
Ready, set, let’s GO!
If you have questions, please give me a call: 215-767-3839.
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