6 Things to Take Notice of on the Home Tour

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Are you planning to buy a new home? It's an exciting and overwhelming experience, and it's easy to overlook important details in the process. To ensure you make an informed decision, it's crucial to take notice of certain things during your home tour. In this article, we'll explore six essential things you should pay attention to during your home tour.

  1. The exterior of the house
  2. The layout and flow of the house
  3. The condition of the house
  4. The kitchen
  5. The bathrooms
  6. The backyard

The exterior of the house

The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at a house is its exterior. It's essential to take notice of the exterior of the house to see if it meets your expectations. Look for any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, peeling paint, or missing shingles. Check the gutters and downspouts for signs of damage or clogging. Make sure the landscaping is well-maintained and that the driveway and walkways are in good condition.

The layout and flow of the house

As you step inside the house, pay attention to the layout and flow. Does the house have an open floor plan, or are the rooms separated by walls? Is there a natural flow from room to room, or do you have to navigate through small doorways and tight spaces? Consider how the layout of the house will impact your lifestyle and needs.

The condition of the house

The condition of the house is an essential factor to consider when buying a home. Check for any signs of damage, such as water stains on the ceiling, cracks in the walls, or uneven floors. Look for any signs of pests or rodents, such as droppings or chewed-up baseboards. Make sure the windows and doors are in good condition and operate smoothly.

The kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it's important to take notice of its condition. Check the appliances to see if they're in good working order. Look at the countertops and cabinets to see if they're in good condition and have enough storage space. Consider the size and layout of the kitchen to see if it meets your needs.

The bathrooms

The bathrooms are another essential area to inspect during your home tour. Check the condition of the fixtures, such as the sink, toilet, and shower. Look for any signs of mold or mildew, and make sure the ventilation is adequate. Consider the amount of storage space and the layout of the bathroom.

The backyard

Finally, take a look at the backyard. Is it spacious enough for your needs? Is there a patio or deck for outdoor entertaining? Consider the landscaping and whether it's well-maintained. If you have children or pets, consider whether the backyard is safe and secure.


Buying a home is a significant investment, and it's important to make an informed decision. By paying attention to these six things during your home tour, you can ensure that you find the perfect home that meets your needs and expectations.

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Comments (7)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I would say as long as everything is functional, the flow is the second most important part.

Mar 18, 2023 07:29 PM
Jon Sigler

Flow is important.  It can make a small house feel large and vise versa.  It can be what makes someone say this is the one.

Mar 19, 2023 10:38 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Jon Sigler these are very good helpful list of things to take notice of on the home tour.

Mar 18, 2023 08:45 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Mar 19, 2023 02:19 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

Mar 19, 2023 02:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jon. Number one on your list sets the tone for how your emotions will deal with the rest of the list. Enjoy your day.

Mar 19, 2023 05:00 AM
Jon Sigler

I talk with sellers as they prepare to list their house about how important the area around the front door is.  No other space will get the scrutiny that area does as buyers wait for their agent to open the door.  You set the tone from there!

Mar 19, 2023 10:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jon - shopping for a home is work.  Proper preparation makes the process less stressful.  And the results can turn out so much better.  

Mar 19, 2023 06:11 AM
Jon Sigler

It isn't an apartment, you are buying a home, something the bank thinks you will be there for 30 years.   Effort upfront will help make it a 30 year thing and not a 1 year thing!

Mar 19, 2023 10:41 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jon Sigler these are all important things to lookout for.  Numbers 2, 4, & 5 are high on my list.

Mar 19, 2023 01:26 PM
Jon Sigler

Good choices!

Mar 19, 2023 04:23 PM