Tips for Viewing/Showing a Home
Here is an article that showed up in the Canada Realty News a few months back. It explores the details of what to check for when viewing a home. This should be a check list for sellers as well as buyers as it is up to the seller to make sure the home is ready for presentation. Probably the most common mistakes I see when someone has a showing at their home are lack of awareness of other people’s idea of clean and not noticing that their home has certain odours. (Like pet, smoke or dampness coming from the bathroom due to showers.) This is doubly so if the home is occupied by tenants. I should also mention that the seller should NOT be present during a showing. The idea is that the buyer be able to see it as THEIR home, not the seller’s. I just cringe every time I see a seller trying to talk the potential buyer into buying their home, even gently. It usually has the opposite effect.
The list below is quite a good list in my opinion. It could be a lot longer yes, but considering all the things a buyer has in their head when buying a home I think it is adequate as a general guide. It doesn’t talk about the first things people usually consider when looking at a property though, like location, cost, size, number of beds, bath and etc. I would recommend that this list be a to do list for buyers once they’ve narrowed it down to a couple. Some people like to do a second viewing of a property to cover such details before putting in the offer, of course that implies the luxury of time. As I always say, “If you like a property, chances are someone else does too.” In any market, this principles applies.
What Should You Look for When Viewing a Home?
|When buying a home, it’s important to think about more than just the colour of the countertops or the flooring. It is easy to fall in love with a home’s appearance, but it’s very important to look beyond the window dressing. By playing detective yourself, you can carefully inspect each house you view and eliminate those with too many defects.
Here are some things to consider when looking at a home:
1. First Impression
2. Kitchens and Bathrooms
If the grout and caulking around bathroom and kitchen tiles are loose and crumbling, there is a good chance water is finding its way into the wall or under the floor.
3. Rooms and Furnishings
4. Doors and Windows
If you intend on renovating, check to see if there are floorboards under old carpets, and their condition. People sometimes do careless and cheap things like staple the carpet to the floor and use industrial glue for their tiles. This will add significant expense and time to floor polishing costs. Carpet should be easy to raise without many rusted nails or staples.
6. Storage Space
8. Water Leaks
9. Appliances and Fixtures
10. The Outside of the House