If you’re ready to start your home search, there are five things you need to inquire about with your agent while on a virtual home tour:
- Potential undesirable smells. Is there any smell that’s out of the ordinary in the home? For example, there could be a trash or sewer smell, or a musty odor that could indicate an unseen issue you should be aware of.
- The condition of the appliances and HVAC system. How old are these items? Have they ever been replaced? How often have they been used? What’s their repair history? You need to know the history of your appliances so you can have an idea of whether or not there’s an expense you’ll eventually need to take care of after buying the home.
- The view. Oftentimes, listing agents will promote the fact that their home has a great view, so ask your agent to pull back the blinds and curtains and see what view the home truly offers.
- Noise levels. Similar to point No. 1, you need to ask your agent whether there are any ambient sounds you need to be aware of. If the home is located in a downtown area, sits near a restaurant, or backs up to a busy street? What’s the noise level like? Is there a neighbor who has dogs that bark constantly? I’m a dog lover, but it’s not very peaceful to hear dogs barking at 11 p.m.
- Anything that appears to be worn-out. A home’s cabinetry, for instance, may look great in photos but appear worn-out up close. Also, have your agent open and close the doors to make sure everything works properly.
It’s always preferable to see the inside of a property yourself, but in this day and age, that’s sometimes just not possible. If you hire an expert agent, they’ll know what to look for in a home, but these tips should be part of your due diligence regardless.
As always, if you have questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.