Taking a Home for a Test Drive? YES!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Landline Real Estate, LLC of Southern Oregon 200006073

It is pretty common to take a car for a test drive before a purchase.  Can you do the same with a home? Absolutely, and you should!


I do not mean to suggest you to go sleep at a house you are considering buying, just in case I have given the wrong impression!  Oh boy, I just laughed out loud at my computer over that one!    


What do I mean?  If you want to know if the traffic is horrible from your job, drive to the home after work and find out!  If you want to know if the neighbors are friendly, go knock on their door.  If you want to know how noisy the nearby football field is on a Friday night, park nearby and find out.  


Obviously, you do not want to freak the Sellers out, you do not want them to think you are a stalker.  It is best to be a bit discreet about your investigations, because you don not want the Seller to be concerned about your level of commitment, but YOU should be making effort to make sure this is the right home for you AND your lifestyle.   


Your Realtor can assist with value, reviewing your home inspection, evaluating findings at the building department, financing concerns, but you can't expect your Realtor to know what your tolerance for traffic, or distaste for barking dogs, your allergies to a neighboring tree's pollen, or your future plans.  I once had a woman in contract for a townhouse that had a dog.  I didn't realize she wanted another dog in her future and they had a limit of one dog per unit, so she had to terminate the contract.  Most contracts give a Buyer a due diligence period to investigate the purchase to make sure it is the right purchase for them.  Take this period seriously, this is your test drive!!     


Obviously you (and your Realtor) do preliminary work before writing an offer, addressing things that are crucial to you, but use your time to really observe your new potential home and all aspects of the purchase.  Take your due diligence period to really look at the home as YOURS and what that will mean to you, your family, and your lifestyle.


Considering a purchase, please contact me today.  You will find me available and happy to hear from you.  Thank you!!  Our website.


Comments (3)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, driving to your job at the same time you'll be commuting, and making sure the neighborhood isn't too busy/etc are great ideas for buyers!

Dec 03, 2014 05:06 AM
Chuck Tanner
Keller Williams Realty - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker "Let's Get You Moving"

Great post Kim. I love my neighborhood. I can hear the train way off in the distance early in the morning and I can hear the band from the nearby high school on Friday night. This may be a nuisance for some but I love it. The train reminds me of when I was in kindergarten and we had train tracks in our back yard. 

Dec 03, 2014 05:09 AM
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Kim, so right.  Buyers sure can test drive several things before they buy.  I always suggest doing these things, too.  The neighbors know everything.

Dec 03, 2014 02:22 PM