Touring a home is the same as going on a first date. It gives you the chance to assess houses and see whether it’s the one, the way a first date gives you a chance to sense whether he/she is the one. Touring a house gives you a chance to picture yourself baking in the kitchen, or opening a beer on that back deck, or watching TV on the couch. A home that is your dream home will get you to envision your life in it.
However, in the current market, with so many houses to see and very little time before they are off the market, the idea of landing your dream home from loaded houses inventory can be overwhelming. When you mention the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes even harder to find your dream home. But you don’t need to worry; here are some tips to help you save time and reduce your exposure to the coronavirus while you hunt for your dream house in the modern-day.
Scheduling a home tour.
Most home buyers start searching for their dream home online. But what happens next when you spot your dream home? In the old days, one would have to go through the complex process of contacting the real estate agent who would then contact the home’s listing agent. In other words, the process was time-consuming and tedious.
But in the current times, the process is very straightforward. Once you spot your dream house, you only need to click on the CTA button that will show you all you need to know about the product. Moreover, some listings allow you to schedule a tour on your preferred time and date. The process of scheduling a house tour only takes a few seconds, and you’ll have your tour scheduled.
Virtual tour or in-person tour?
In the modern days, you can schedule to attend your tour virtually. Cool, right. You’re only required to schedule a tour, as usual, choose the virtual option, and the real estate agent will take around the house through live video stream on Google Hangouts, Zoom, FaceTime, or other apps.
However, you may be stuck whether to have a virtual house tour or visit the house in-person. According to Realtor.com, virtual tours are faster, easier and the safest. Some may argue that buying a home “sight unseen” is a risky business, but virtual tours are good options to narrow down your options and use less time moving around in search of a house.
What should you look for in a house when touring?
When doing a house tour, whether virtually or in-person, looking from room to room is not enough. According to Realtor.com, there are a few features you should pay attention to in a house. They include;
- The HVAC and hot water systems- the age and quality of these systems affect their efficiency. Therefore, they should be on your watch list when touring a house.
- The exterior- don’t check the inside of the house alone. Also, check out the garage, front and back yards, swimming pools, gardening sheds, and any other structures on the compound.
- The neighbourhood- always remember that you’re not just buying a home, but its environs also. Remember to check out the neighbouring homes to get a sense of what your life there would be like.
Questions to ask when touring a house.
When touring a house, you may want to dive deeper by asking your real estate some questions about the house. According to realtor.com, here are some topics to hit at;
- The age of the house, the various systems such as the water heating system and its structural elements such as the roof.
- Ask about the average cost of utilities over the past 12 months.
- If any remodeling or renovation works have been done on the house. If so, ask if the proper permits were acquired and if you can see them.
- If there are any previous insurance claims that would affect insurability and if there are any special insurance policies required for the home.
- Ask about the home’s listing history, including any price reductions or contracts that failed.
- If there are any homeowners’ association fees, how to bill the fee and what it covers.
Leave no stones unturned when touring a home. The process is for you to determine whether you can live there or not. Also, don’t let the process of searching for a house wear you out, you can choose to simplify the process through virtual means.
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