You constantly search the apps, scour sites like Zillow and Trulia, you’ve consulted with a realtor and now you have finally have a property that you want to see in person. You frantically schedule a viewing and show up to what you hope is your dream home. Before you show up excitedly unprepared, consider the following. Here’s our ultimate guide for touring homes.
Do you see any signs for a garage sale? Maybe there is a neighborhood BBQ going on or a community event. It’s always a good idea to ask around and see what the locals are saying about the area. Pay attention to their complaints and what they like about the area. It’s also important to see if you’re compatible with your neighbors, if in fact a close-knit community is what you’re looking for.
What does the price of the home include, if anything. Are the seller planning to leave any furniture behind? Maybe the refrigerator or some of the light fixtures. It’s good to know exactly what you’re paying for.
Knowing what has been re-done or recently updated will give you some knowledge of what may need to be upgraded in the near future or what you may not need to worry about in the coming years.
The sellers or sellers agent should have a good idea about the average monthly bill. Ask about the age of the AC unit, water fees, and lawn care costs.
It’s important to ask about the age of the roof because putting on a new one is expensive. Depending on the age and the type, it could last anywhere between 15 and 50-plus years.
Find out if and how much competition you’re facing. If you want this home and there are already offers out, you’ll want to act fast and come up with something strong and compelling. It may even be worth adding a personal letter with your offer. See our tips on how to write a winning offer letter.
Whether is not you have kids, the school district your in with effect how much you’re paying taxes. This is will also effect your potential future ease of selling.
If the home has been on the market for a few years it may be worth questioning whether the price is too high, maybe there is something the sellers aren’t telling you about the neighborhood or something else. It’s important to question if it has been longer than a few months.
Ask how old and what type of windows they have installed. High quality windows with good insulation will keep your house the temperature you choose while saving you money on heating and cooling costs.