You have selected the properties you are interested in seeing, and the appointments have been made and confirmed. Before we head out for the showings, here are a few important things to know:
- Most sellers require you to be pre-approved before being able to see their home. No worries, because you have your pre-approval already completed!
- Occupied homes typically require notice prior to showings. There are sometimes restrictions on showing times/days, etc.
- Wear shoes that are easily slipped on and off, as we may be asked to remove our shoes in some homes.
- Utilities may not be on in vacant homes. Consider bringing a flashlight to see better.
- Restroom facilities may not be available, so plan accordingly.
- Remember to focus on the property itself. It’s easy to get distracted by the furnishings that belong to the seller.
- Please refrain from handling furniture or personal belongings, as we cannot be held accountable for any damages that may occur.
- If children accompany you on showings, please remind them not to play with the toys and other things they see in the house.
- The home inspection takes place once a contract has been mutually agreed upon and signed by both the buyer and seller. Accessing areas such as crawl spaces and attics is not appropriate during a typical tour.
- It is common for sellers to have listening/recording devices. Be aware of what you say and do. Refrain from discussing your financing details, what kind of offer you want to make, etc. Please be respectful if you don’t like something in the home. Your opinions may hurt the seller’s feelings and hinder negotiations.
- When interacting with sellers who are present, please exercise caution and avoid revealing personal information or details about your reasons for purchasing the property. Such information could potentially harm our bargaining position during negotiations.
- Don’t forget to have some fun while on showings. This is an exciting time!
Now, let’s go see some homes!