Step 5 - Prior to Viewing Homes

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What to Know Prior to Viewing Properties

You’ve found properties on the MLS you’re interested in seeing, We’ve set up your showings and we head out soon to see them!  Before we head out here are a few important things to know:

Most sellers require you are pre-approved before being able to see their home.

Sellers usually require 24 hours notice prior to showings. They may also put other limitations on showings such as no showings after 6pm or on Sundays, etc.  

Wear comfortable slip on shoes as we may be asked to remove our shoes in some homes.

Try to do showings during daylight hours. Dusk and evening is hard to see cracks or any issues outside. 

Dress for the weather.   The walkway or driveway may be snowy, icy, muddy, etc.  The house may or may not have AC or heat.

Vacant houses may not have any utilities turned on.

Don’t assume we’ll be able to use the restroom so plan accordingly.

Avoid touching furniture or personal items as we don’t want to be responsible should something break.

Remind children not to play with the toys and things they see in the house.

Video cameras are on door bells, inside of house and back yard - wait until you are at end of driveway before you comment on house.
Don’t talk about how much you can afford, what kind of offer you want to make on the home, etc. while in the house in case someone is listening.

Sellers should not be home, be careful not to give too much away about yourself and why you’re buying as that information could hurt us later during the negotiation process.

However, I once had an Open House with a 14 yr old in his bed.  Seller left him sleeping and asked me to ask Buyers to be quiet going into his room!

Bring drinks and snacks as looking at lots of homes can be grueling!