Its time to tour homes. Originally I was going to write about negotiations and offers next but felt I should dive into the touring of homes a little deeper. First off I know you've probably watched a show or two on HGTV and they certainly have their own version of the home buying process and how many homes you will expect to see..... here's the reality based on some of the homes I've seen
What you see on the MLS isn't necessarily what you'll see in person
Yes some houses will smell...smell really bad
Yes your hand(s) might stick to a door handle or your shoe to the floor
Yes their pets might use the home as a litter box vs the actual litter box
Yes some homeowners take great pride in their home and would like you to take your shoes off
Yes some homeowners will stay and walk around with you giving you every detail of every inch of the home for the whole time they have owned it
Yes you might see some very very very inappropriate items left out
Yes some people actually do decorate that way
Be prepared to see a lot of homes if the market is saturated
Be prepared to see only a few if the inventory is very low
Be prepared to make a quick decision, if you love the home you'll know. Don't wait because if you love it chances are someone else does too
Be prepared to possibly fall in love with the first home you see. That doesn't make it wrong or bad and it doesn't mean you have to be shown 50 more to decide. You'll know based on your wants and needs/desires.
As I mentioned before, please dress comfortably. Slip on shoes are ideal or ones that are easy for you to take off and put back on. A light jacket /sweater is great for homes that are really cold or if the weather is cool/cold.
Depending on the market and time of the year if you have a lot of HUD homes or foreclosures you will be viewing homes that will have all the utilities turned off. If it is winter time, bring gloves and a warm coat so you can take your time viewing the home and do not have to leave right away because you are freezing. If its the summertime the a/c will be off. Plan on viewing the homes in the morning when it is cooler out and dressing for warm homes. Always remember a flashlight.. most people have them on their phones now but its always nice to make sure someone in the group has one.
If you bring your kids with you to the showings know that other kids might have toys out in their homes or bedrooms and that your child will be extremely upset and want to touch all of their toys, because their someone else toys .... my kids were young once I know how it goes. Make sure to pack some very enticing bribe toys with you so that your children will be ok with leaving the homeowners belongings/toys in the home and not a kids pocket. If you don't agree with bribing or replacing items to distract kids from what they truly want maybe consider leaving them at home. The temptation is very hard for kids and they tend to get tired going from home to home.
If you are looking at homes and you have to use the bathroom. Ask your agent. If at all possible I feel like a stop at a restaurant/rest-stop is the most appropriate thing to do vs using someones bathroom in their house. But sometimes that is not an option, please try to plan accordingly
Please give your agent feedback so that they can pass that along to the seller/listing agent if you are ok with them doing so on the homes you are passing on.
Also, please always remember that their stuff, smell and decor will not be staying with the home... Well maybe the smell in some cases, but really all of that is workable if the location, price and structure of the home are what you are looking for.
Keep an open mind and happy searching!
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