6 DO's and DON'Ts of Touring Houses
6 DO's and DON'Ts of Touring Homes
Now that you have your pre-approval letter, it’s time to start touring homes!
There is one piece of quick homework to do prior to touring homes.
We’ll have you sign an agency disclosure form.
What that form does is outline the roles and responsibilities that I have to you as your agent.
We’ll give this to you before there's any sharing of confidential information.
Two important things to understand about the agency disclosure.
1 - It is not an exclusive buyers agency and therefore does not obligate you into working with me as your agent. (Although, I certainly do hope to earn your business!)
2 - It does not have any financial obligations for you. You do not owe any money by acknowledging this form.
Again, this is just a disclosure stating my fiduciary responsibility to you and what I expect from you as a client.
Now, as we begin to tour homes here are a few DO’s and DON’TS to keep in mind.
DO - Keep lines of communication open.
You may find that your criteria changes. Maybe, the fourth bedroom you thought you needed is no longer as important as a finished basement. Whatever it is, keep me updated so we can be sure we’re looking for the right houses for you!
DO - Keep the number of people touring the home to a minimum.
Try to avoid bringing the whole extended family and all your friends when looking at homes. We want to stay focused on what is important to YOU. This is YOUR house and YOU will be the one living there.
DO - Keep your children with you.
There are many new and interesting things to see when touring homes that are very exciting for kids. Their natural curiosity drives them to want to explore and immerse themselves in the environment.
There is a time and place for this exploration…walking through someone else's home, with all of their personal belongings is not the time, or the place. Just hold their hand during the tour and let them experience the home right along with you.
DO - Assume the seller is watching.
In the technology enabled world of today, it is very common for homeowners to have some sort of monitoring devices throughout their home.
Declaring how much you love a house or how gaudy you find the taste of decor isn’t recommended. The seller may hear this via their installed tech and it could impact your negotiating position later if you decide to place an offer on the home.
DON’T - Wear bare feet.
We love sandals in the summer! But, it’s best to bring socks or booties to wear over your shoes. We don’t know what is on the floor of different homes and especially if a home has done any recent renovations, there could be nails, staples, glass or other objects for you to cut your feet on. Be on the safe side and cover those feet!
DON’T - Use the bathroom.
The Sellers home is not a public restroom. We usually are not out touring homes more than a couple of hours, so plan ahead. If you have to stop at a public restroom prior, or in between houses, just communicate that with us.
DON’T - Bring coffee into the home.
Food and drinks need to be left in the car. The last thing we want is to spill coffee on the floor of someone’s house. And yes, it has happened!!
DON’T - Take pictures or videos.
A home is a private residence and not public property. Most homes have numerous photos available online to view which will jog your memory of the house. You would want to get explicit permission via the listing agent, from the Seller to take any photos. It’s usually best to just jot down some notes of any particular features you’d like to remember.
This wraps up our DO’s and DON'Ts for touring homes. Now let’s go look at some houses!