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Need-To-Knows about Virtual Showings

March 11, 2021

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Need-To-Knows about Virtual Showings

COVID-19 has changed a lot about how we go through our daily lives, including hunting for new homes. More often than not, people are buying homes practically sight unseen (meaning, you guessed it, without having ever seen it in person) due to being unable to tour them in person. This is a huge change and requires some real adjustments. Luckily, we have some tips to help you prepare for it. 

Ask for what you want.

Unlike an in-person viewing, you aren’t able to get all up in the nooks and crannies of the house yourself. Instead, you have to be comfortable asking your real estate agent to do it for you. Be sure to ask them to get closer, show different angles, and revisit areas you want to see again. 

Don’t forget!

You’d be surprised how many different areas are forgotten commonly during virtual showings. While some real estate agents may be willing to go back and show you the missed sections, many times, coordinating schedules with the current owners to get back in the house is a big hassle. Make a list of all the home sections you’d like to see. Commonly forgotten areas are:

  • Outside
  • Attic
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Neighborhood*

*An additional note on the neighborhood: If your real estate agent isn’t comfortable or able to send you videos of the community, you still have some options. If you’re local, feel free to peruse the area yourself, as long as you’re abiding by the current pandemic guidelines while doing it. If you’re not local or feel uncomfortable exploring the area, utilize Google Street View! It can help you get a feel for the neighborhood and show you nearby businesses and restaurants!

Read the seller’s disclosure FIRST!

The seller’s disclosures will tell you, in detail, about any faults the home may have. Reading this ahead of time gives you the chance to be aware of areas in the house you may need to look at more closely or ask more questions. 

Do It Live!

The most beneficial way to do a virtual walkthrough is to do it on a live streaming app. This way, there can be a constant stream of communication between you and your real estate agent. Asking questions as you go is a much more effective way of ensuring you have all your bases covered. Having your agent there in the flesh gives you the ability to ask questions like, “Do you notice any obtrusive smells or sounds?” which is something you may not even realize you’re missing out on by not being there!

Now that you’ve learned all about virtual showings, it’s time to see some houses! The first step is finding yourself a reliable and trustworthy real estate agent. They’ll be your number one asset for turning your dream home into a reality.

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