6 Don’ts in Viewing Properties for Sale

by mfd on January 20, 2014

There’s so much that you have to consider when you are looking for a new home aside from the house sold prices. Checking out a house can be very stressful and there is much to evaluate. If you are at a loss at the things that you can do, here are some of the things that you have to think about.

Don’t drink something that can unsettle your stomach. House viewing can take some time and because of that, you should avoid food which will make you rush into the bathroom. Although the homes are available for showing, you can’t expect it to have full amenities so be sure to prepare your stomach for the house viewing.

Don’t wear uncomfortable footwear. On house tours, leave that lace up shoes for another day and trade them up for slip flops or slip-ons which are ideal for walking. Following the rules and basic etiquette in viewing houses is a must especially where shoes are concerned. Many times, homes have a new carpet and the listing agent might request you to take off your shoes to help keep the carpet clean. Given these factors, it would save you a lot of time if you don’t have to untie and tie your shoes every time you get inside the front door. Another great tip is to wear socks especially when you are uncomfortable of walking barefoot inside the house as the paper booties that some agents give you on the front door can be slippery.

Don’t rush when touring houses. When you are in the process of checking out a series of houses, you should not rush through the process and as much as possible linger while looking into all the corners of your home. Factor in the drive time and do not plan anything for the next 2 to 3 hours after touring the property as you might want to buy one of the houses immediately and the entire process can take up almost an hour.

Don’t be afraid to tell your realtor what you want. Realtors might be the one who show you around various properties but they do not own those houses so do not be afraid of offending them by saying what you think about a certain property. If you love the place, it’s fantastic but if you do not like it, you have every right to say that you hate it. Do not hold anything back especially when you have concerns and criticisms when you are talking to your realtor. Telling them your opinions can give them an idea of what you are looking for and by being honest and outright, you save everybody from wasting time.

Don’t be afraid to check every cupboard, drawer and closet. Checking the place for a bogeyman may sound quite obsessive to some but if you like the property that you are viewing, open every door and get a detailed view of what the place has to offer. By checking what the place has to offer, you will have a firmer idea on what you are going to get when you purchase the property. You can think whether the closets are perfect as they are, the cupboards are wide enough for your chine and such. Doing so will not make people think that you are nosy, after all seller would anticipate such and clean those corners ahead of time.

Don’t trash talk. When you are viewing the property some sellers might step next door or go outside but they might be listening, so, be wary of what you say about the place. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just keep quiet and reserve your comments to your realtor. It would be unfortunate if you like the properties and the seller gets multiple offers and you have to fight for it just because the seller is not in favor of your offer because you badmouthed the property.

Looking for a new home can be a real challenge and these tips will surely make house viewing more palatable.

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