Viewing Tips For Buyers
Essential Viewing Tips When Looking At A Property
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 "Preparing to Buy Your Home" content, I’d highly recommend it. Even if you are an experienced home buyer, it's worth a review to refresh your mind.
Recommended viewing tips so you get the most out of each viewing:
- Show up on time. It’s good courtesy and shows the seller your serious.
- Prepare yourself for each viewing by doing the following:
Read the entire MLS factsheet on the property - most of the information about the property is listed there.
View all the pictures provided to see if they elicit any questions or concerns for you.
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. Take note of any HOA fees or deficiencies, etc.
- 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 it in rejuvenation mode or in decline?
Is the property close to your favourite amenities?
Is the property in good repair?
Is there anything that needs replacing or fixing? If so, what items?
Is this home on a quiet street with good access?
Do you like the layout of this home?
Does this property meet all your “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.