How Much Time Should You Spend Viewing Homes?


Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is

a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?”

The answer seems obvious: As long as it 

takes to make a decision!

Elizabeth Chi

Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and

the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the

information necessary to confidently make the best decision.

There are basically three stages to viewing a property:

1. Macro

2. Micro

3. Professional

When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an

overall perspective. For example, you may do a general walk-through to get

a first impression and determine if the property has the basic features you

need, such as the number of bedrooms and the size of the backyard.

Macro viewing is often the fastest stage in the viewing process and can

sometimes take just a few minutes.

If you like what you see, then it’s onto the micro stage. At this stage you

take a closer look at the details of the property. You might, for example,

spend extra time in the master bedroom imagining how your furniture would

look and fit.

The micro stage takes longer simply because the home is now on your

shortlist. You’re interested and are considering making an offer.

Finally, the professional stage involves getting a qualified home inspector to

go over the property with a fine tooth comb. That typically occurs after

you’ve made an offer.

As your REALTOR®, I will guide you through a viewing so you’ll know what

to look for and can make a smart, informed decision. Call today.

Eli Chi

Eli Chi

Personal Real Estate Corporation
CENTURY 21 Energy Realty
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