Viewing Homes

The Home Shopping Process

As your real estate agent, my most important job is to make the home shopping process pleasant.

How do I do this?

I recommend properties for viewing that closely match your needs and wants, and are within your price range. There is nothing worse than spending your time seeing homes that do not fit your criteria.

I make sure you don’t miss opportunities. When a desirable property suddenly comes on the market, I make sure you are aware.

Before you view a property, I provide you with details on the home, so you can make an informed decision.

I also give you the scoop on the neighborhood, so you get a clear sense of what an area is like in terms of lifestyle, safety, schools, etc. I am able to steer you away from undesirable areas, and point out only those I suspect you’d like.

When you find a property you like, I will voice my opinion on any negatives I see in the property just to bring balance to the equation.

As your real estate agent, I’m committed to getting you into the right home, and I’m with you every step of the way.

What to Look for when Viewing a Property

Here are a few questions and ideas to consider when viewing homes to help make the process easier and more productive:

  • Does the home have your “needs” features (those features you must have)? (For example, number of bedrooms, closet space, kitchen size, yard size, enough garage room etc.)
  • What is the general condition of the home? (Are there signs that the owners have kept up with repairs and maintenance?  Because if not this could lead to costly repairs in the future)
  • Will the home need any major repairs, remodeling or renovations? Is there anything, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?
  • What do you like most about the home?
  • Is there anything about the home you don’t like? Can that be changed with a remodeling or renovation now or in the future?  We can suggest the Seller give us a credit for some things.
  • Take a walk around the neighborhood. Are the homes well-kept, indicating pride of ownership?
  • Do you like where the home is situated in the neighborhood?  Is the neighborhood established?
  • Does the neighborhood have what you want? (For example, access to public transit, shopping, local parks, etc.)

Viewing properties should never be a frustrating ordeal.  If you are focused and think about these questions ahead of time you will be much more satisfied with the end result.

Ready to get started? Call or email and let me know more about the kind of home you’re looking for.