While there’s no wrong way to tour a house, there are certainly things you can do to maximize your time and experience. Here are a few tips for house hunters from our team of real estate pros:
Showing Mistake #1 – Saying Too Much:
If you’re touring a home with a listing agent or seller present, make an effort to keep any negative comments stowed away in your internal monologues. Making comments about things you don’t like can hurt you in a couple ways. First, it can offend the seller – which is never a good idea when you want someone to like you and accept your offer. Second, it can hurt your negotiating power. If you go on and on about things you’d need to change, sellers may be more resistant to compromise when they get your laundry list of requests. As you walk through houses, remember that it’s very rare to find your absolutely perfect home unless you’re building it from scratch and picking out every detail. Keep an open mind and be willing to make some compromises.
Showing Mistake # 2 – Getting Hung up on the Details:
Don’t like a paint color? Not crazy about the flooring in the master bedroom? Wish the landscaping was different in the backyard? These are all aesthetic things that can easily be updated. Do your best not to be negatively influenced by styles you don’t love, even if thing thing you don’t love is large… and maybe kind of ugly. Once the home is yours, you can update it to your heart’s content. Just make sure the bones are good, you’re in an ideal location and all the non-negotiables are met.
Showing Mistake #3 – Neglecting to Take Notes & Photos:
Trust me when I say once you’ve seen more than three houses, they all start to blend together. You won’t remember which one had the kitchen you loved in it or which one was on a busy road. To remedy that, before you walk into a house, take a picture of the address. Then, snap some photos of notable things as you walk through and jot down any relevant notes that you’ll want to remember. You’ll thank me later!
Also remember as you walk through houses that it’s very rare to find a perfect home unless you’re building it from scratch and picking out every detail. In order to be successful on your house hunt, keep an open mind and be willing to make some compromises.
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