What To Look For At A Showing

Showings are one of the most exciting parts of the home-buying process. However, they can also feel a bit overwhelming, especially when you're expected to make one of the biggest decisions of your life after just a 30-minute showing.

Not sure what to look for? I've got you covered! Here are a few of the key things I tell my buyers to keep an eye out for during showings. 

STORAGE SPACE

Don’t just focus on the bedrooms — evaluate the closets, cabinets, and garage for ample storage. Don’t be afraid to open doors and drawers, either!

NEIGHBORHOOD

Take note of the neighborhood's noise levels, traffic patterns, nearby amenities, and overall vibe. Consider how well it fits your lifestyle. You can easily change or update a home, but not a location. Is natural light important to you? Don’t forget to look at what direction the main rooms are facing!

ODORS

There’s plenty to look for during a showing, but you’ll want to keep your nose on alert, too. Pay attention to any unusual odors, which could indicate hidden issues. Odors aren’t necessarily a deal breaker, but some are harder to remove than others.

MAJOR SYSTEMS

Inquire about recent maintenance and upgrades to major systems like the roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Don’t forget to inspect the age and condition of the windows, as this can become a very big ticket item.

Also, remember to look past the seller's decor and furniture and focus on the features of the home itself. And don't forget to take your own pictures and videos to jog your memory later (you'll be happy you did!).

Save this post for later so you can reference it at your next showing or reach out with any other questions about buying — I’m always here to help!

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