As a Home Inspector in a low population area, I travel extensively. I also use Google to map addresses whenever possible and a the phone app for directions. As you might imagine, the GPS at times is hit and miss. I sometimes find myself 30 miles from the nearest town, the GPS has taken me on a wild goose chase, and, I can't call the listing agent because there is no cell reception. Sometimes I don't have a house number, other times I do, but it's the lack of directions that keeps me frustrated at times. Also, if the home is in town and the house is 765 Elm street, but actually set between 321 and 334 Elm, it might be nice to know that up front.
Obviously, having good directions to a property before I set out for an inspection would seem like the answer.
But...it's not so easy up here. Directions are almost never included on data sheets in my local MLS. I do often call the listing office before hand if it appears the property would be hard to locate. The directions often leave a lot to be desired...sometimes I get "just look for my sign". Ahh, well, yes, it's possible your sign isn't one of the other 30 that have fallen down, but Co Rd 467 is 25 miles long. It would be nice to have some idea where on that road to turn. And, I'm on the turn off now...you said take a right at the fork, but there are 2 forks and also a T.
Here's my beef: If I have trouble finding the property, and the Appraiser has trouble finding the property, and the plumber has trouble finding the property, it seems logical that many prospective buyers are taken off the table because they had trouble finding the property.
Many years ago, I still remember when directions to a home were included on the MLS data sheets, but that hasn't been the case here in over a decade. Personally, I've bought several properties over the years and I generally drove by it before calling anyone. I wanted to eyeball the home, the neighborhood and have some time to think about it before taking the next step.
So, I'd be interested in how the rest of the 50 states handle this issue.