What Should I Expect When I Tour A Home For Sale?

Reblogger Catherine Ulrey
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital City 970700173

Are you ready to buy a home?  The blog below points out some great tips on what to expect while touring houses, including how to handle a tour when the seller stays in the house.  My favorite comment though is the reference to "bio breaks."  Not only had I never heard the term, ( I would use "potty breaks" myself) but it's very practical advice!

Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

Mason communities are just one place to call home in Warren County!

What Should I Expect When I Tour A Home For Sale?

We'd say, expect the unexpected!  We'd love to say every home will look EXACTLY like the online pictures or be the perfect model home, but that's not always the case and why nothing beats an in-person visit (or failing that, having us Skype stream the home to you!).

Here's what you will typically find when you visit a home for sale:

  • It'll be similar to the pictures online, but there may be some differences.  For instance the sellers may have moved out by now, or decided the terra cotta paint color needed changed.
  • We may not have the home to ourselves for the visit.  Sometimes sellers stay home because they think it's better for them to show you around, or because they have physical limitations that prevent them from easily leaving for every showing.  And sometimes there just may another agent and buyers double booked.  In most cases we'll just try to stay out of each other's way, but keep in mind they're also competition, so let's be careful with what we say.
  • Do you have severe allergies we need to be aware of?  Pets are common and kitties are often running free in the home.  Dogs are USUALLY gone or in a crate.
  • We may be asked to take off our shoes, especially during bad weather or if new carpets or other flooring just installed.
  • We'll be on a schedule.  Not so critical if the home is vacant, but if occupied, the sellers want to eventually come back home!
  • Don't count on power or water in every home, so plan biobreaks accordingly.
  • We need to leave it as we found it.  You break it you bought it, the whole house!  Okay, just kidding about having to buy it, but we do need to take care while we're there.

There's more to it, but we'll cover that when we go out house shopping!

More questions about buying a Warren County home?  Just give The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite a call at 513-520-5305! 

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Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Barbara Le Pine
Advantage Real Estate, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Great example of what a buyer can expect when on a home tour!

Jan 02, 2015 06:31 AM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Catherine, Thanks for the reblog!  And that plan your breaks accordingly is so crucial when showing a string of foreclosed homes that have all been winterized!

Jan 02, 2015 08:48 AM #2
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Yes it is always a surprise when you are listing an occupied home, and never a bad idea to get there early to preview.  

Jan 02, 2015 02:15 PM #3
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Catherine,  I prefer the 'you break it you buy it".  Never before would a home owner before have wished for kids to show up with the viewing.  Mark

Jan 05, 2015 09:50 AM #4
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Catherine - Great post to re-blog. It does a good job explaining what to expect when touring/viewing homes for sale.

Jan 09, 2015 03:50 AM #5
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

This is an excellent list of what to expect when touring houses for sale - and add to it that some sellers don't want anyone using their toilets (we just had one).


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