Buyer Step by Step November 20, 2018

Step 5: Time for Showings!

You’ve found properties you want to see, and we’ve set up your showing times. Generally, the day before we are scheduled to look at homes, I will email you the route so you will know where we are meeting. Leave yourself plenty of time to get there.

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 homes.

  • Sellers put limitations on showings such as no showings after 6 pm or on Sundays, etc. Ideally, we will schedule showings a day in advance to give sellers ample time to prepare.

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

  • If a lot of sunlight is important to you in a home, have me schedule showings during daylight hours.

  • 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.

  • Focus on the property, not the furnishings, artwork, etc., as you’re buying the property, not the contents.

  • 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 or objects they see in the house.

  • The home inspection comes AFTER a contract is agreed upon and signed by both the buyer and seller. During a typical showing, we should not be in the crawl spaces, attic, etc.

  • Some sellers will have Nanny Cams in their homes so be aware of what you say and do. Don’t talk about how much you can afford, or what kind of offer you want to make while in the house, in case someone is listening.

  • If sellers are home, be careful not to give too much away about yourself or why you’re buying, as that could hurt us later during the negotiation process.

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