Real Estate Tip of the Week: Virtual Home Tours
Although states are opening in phases, homebuyers and sellers still might be more comfortable completing parts of their home journey through digital means.
If you’re a homebuyer getting ready to take a virtual tour with your real estate agent, then it’s best that you prepare what you’d like to see and/or hear. Technology has helped the real estate world immensely during COVID-19, but sometimes you miss things that you wouldn’t have if you were there in person – like how a home smells or if there is a lot of traffic in the area.
So what can you do to cover your bases?
Check out our tips here:
Before your agent enters the home, have them give you a wide shot of the house – be sure they you’re able to view all corners of the home and yard.
It’s important that you also like the surrounding area that your home is in! Ask your agent to show you the space surrounding your home. This way, you can see the spacing between homes, and maybe even get a glimpse as to how the neighborhood feel is.
Since you’re not there in person, it’s best that you see all of the features of the home as close as you can. If your home has sprinklers, a fence, a light post, or a shed, be sure that your agent is giving you a good view of them. Have your agent show the driveway – how steep is it? Do you have enough space in the driveway for any extra cars you might have if guests stop by?
If your home has a pool, or playground equipment, have your agent give you an up-close look. How are the pool’s filters? Is the playground equipment rusty?
At any point in time that your agent is outside, ask them if you could just listen for a moment. Are there many planes flying by? Cars zooming down the street? These are things to consider before moving into a new home – and even when you try to resell it!
While viewing a home digitally doesn’t compare to seeing a home in person, there are still things you can prepare for so you have a better understanding of the home and neighborhood’s atmosphere.
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