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!
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:
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.