Viewing Tips


Essential Viewing Tips When Looking At A Property

When viewing a home that you really like, it’s easy for your emotions to lead your decision making.  Emotion based decisions often lead to regretful and costly mistakes.  Fortunately, there are some very practical steps to keep that type of bias in check. 

Before viewing any property make sure you’ve clearly defined what you need/want in your next purchase.  And make sure you know how much you are truly willing to spend.  If you haven’t gone through the Detailed Home Buying Guide, I’d highly recommend it.  Even if you are an experienced home buyer this is a comprehensive resource from CMHC, which reviews all the key aspects that a buyer should be thinking about before buying a property.

Recommended viewing tips so you get the most out of each viewing, would be as follows:

  • Show up on time.  It’s good courtesy and shows the seller your serious. 
  • Prepare yourself for each viewing:

Reading the entire MLS factsheet on the property.

View all the pictures provided to see if they elicit any questions or concerns.

List specific questions you have as you go through the information about the property.  For example, observe what’s included and excluded from the property listing.

  • Write down the big picture questions you have about the property that you want answered, for example:

Is this home the right size? Will it be 5 years from now?

Do I like the neighborhood?

Is the property close to my favourite amenities?

Is the property in good repair?

Is this home on a quiet street with good access?

Do I like the layout of this home?

Does this property meet all my “must haves”? 

Identify what’s been upgraded and what hasn’t?

These are just some of the key viewing tips meant to help any buyer get the most out of each viewing.  A more comprehensive checklist is provided in the consultation package.

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