May 23rd, 2022
If you’re planning to buy property, it’s important to view the property in person before finalizing your decision. You want to make sure that you like the neighborhood, that the property needs what you think it needs, and that it’s the right size and style for your family. Here are reasons why traveling to see your potential new home should be at the top of your priority list.
To determine how far you can afford to move
If you’re planning on moving for your job, but aren’t sure exactly how far you can afford to go, it’s important that you do your research. Visiting properties can help give you an idea of what areas are more or less expensive and whether or not there will be enough homes for sale in your price range. This can help narrow down your potential neighborhoods so you don’t end up spending extra time and money looking at areas that won’t work. Having as much information as possible will help save both time and money while still keeping your future home search convenient and stress-free.
To see how different suburbs are
There’s no better way to get a feel for a neighborhood than seeing it in person. When you actually get in your car and drive around neighborhoods, you start looking at things with different eyes. Is it difficult to park? How long would it take you to walk from your home? Are there schools nearby? (And what do they look like?) While cities are often compared side-by-side, checking out different places yourself is essential when trying to decide where will be best for you and your family. Getting out of your head and away from screens really lets you see how an area feels.
To find out if there’s traffic around the property
Drive by at different times of day, and take note of what’s going on. Are there kids outside playing in a nearby park? How about young couples in front of homes you can’t afford? Is it near an airport with constant plane noise? These are things you need to factor into your final decision.
To get a good look at all features of the home
You should always get out and physically see your potential home in person. This will allow you to determine whether or not there are any major problems with your property, including mold, leaking roofs, structural issues, etc. If you choose not to visit your home in person before buying it, you could end up purchasing a fixer-upper that you have no idea how much it will cost to repair.
Sellers might give you more information If you’re just getting started in real estate, you might be nervous about approaching sellers. But if you travel to visit them and sit down face-to-face, they might be more willing to share information and spend time explaining things that wouldn’t have been possible over email or phone. Getting on their schedule means scheduling your time efficiently so that you can get as much face time with them as possible, which will help build better relationships and potentially help close sales sooner. As an added bonus, traveling for business allows you to write off travel expenses! Make sure that you keep copies of all receipts in case of an audit. If clients see how eager and professional you are, they’ll be more likely do business with you.
You may get insider tips on potential problems
If you have issues finding quality real estate, your realtor will be able to tell you if there are any problems with potential properties. Even if they’re minor, they can still be helpful information that allows you to make an informed decision. A visual inspection: Most people assume they know what they’re getting into when purchasing property, but seeing it in person makes all of that crystal clear.
Inspections are usually paid by the seller
When you’re looking at buying real estate, inspections can feel like just another expense. However, it’s important to remember that your real estate agent probably negotiated for them to be paid by the seller; in other words, you don’t have to pay. Use that opportunity—and knowledge—to make sure you view every possible issue with a property before making an offer.
Getting another opinion makes sense
You’re not going to make an informed decision on whether or not to buy a property based on only one tour, and you shouldn’t. Instead, get as much information as possible in order to feel confident about your purchase. Get more than one expert opinion (real estate agent, home inspector, plumber, etc.) and do your due diligence.
Changes in room sizes aren’t obvious online Every room has subtle changes in size that aren’t always obvious online, but when you see it in person, you’ll notice right away. Take your measurements before you go and measure any rooms you’re interested in once you arrive at your destination. You may find that an interior door or window wasn’t included in online photos, which means that two neighboring bedrooms could actually share one wall.
Properties don’t always look as they do online
It’s no secret that properties look nicer on camera than they do in person. That’s why, when you’re looking at a property, it’s important to see it for yourself. Even if you have already viewed pictures online of a property, you still want to check it out for yourself before buying. The best way to make sure a property is right for you is by viewing it in person and making sure it meets your needs.
You can get a feel for whether or not you like it: There are certain things about properties that don’t always come across as well online as they would in real life. For example, many people who buy homes know how important curb appeal can be—but few will realize just how much curb appeal impacts their decision until they actually view a home in person. When you go and view a home, be sure to take note of how comfortable you feel there and whether or not any features stand out as being particularly appealing or unappealing.
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