How to Get the Most Out of Visiting a Home You're Interested In

How to Get the Most Out of Visiting a Home You're Interested In


Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you probably already know that there's a lot of houses out there to choose from. How can you be sure to find the one that's right for you? By doing your homework before you start visiting homes, of course!


One thing sellers and buyers overlook is how important it is to visit a property more than once. The first time you see a home, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and gloss over some of the less-than-perfect details. But if you really want to get an accurate feel for a property, plan on returning for a second (or even third) visit.


This may seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people fall in love with a home after only seeing it once and then regret their decision later on. So take your time, do your research, and don't settle until you're absolutely sure you've found the perfect place!

Schedule your visit for the morning or afternoon, when the lighting will be best

If photographs are your goal when you visit, then make sure to aim for either the morning or afternoon for the optimal lighting. In the mornings, the sun is low in the sky and provides a soft light, perfect for capturing majestic castles, idyllic gardens, and historic monuments with a beautiful glow. If you prefer more dramatic shadows in your photos and intense highlights, visiting in the afternoon will give you these effects. Whether it’s landscapes or portraits that you’re after, scheduling your visit for either the morning or afternoon will bring out the most vibrancy in whatever captures your eye.

Bring a notepad and pen to jot down any thoughts or questions you have about the property

When it comes to making sure you know all the details about a piece of property you’re considering to purchase, bringing along a notepad and pen is essential. During a viewing, take some time to take notes – whether it's your initial impressions of the place or questions that you would like answered. Having your list written down can help to ensure that you don't forget anything important when it's time for discussion. Additionally, jotting down information allows you to have something tangible to review later when thinking about moving forward with the property. Do not look at taking down notes as an inconvenience – instead use this time as an invaluable opportunity for more knowledge about potential properties.

Don't be afraid to ask the real estate agent questions - they're there to help you!

Buying a home can be an intimidating process, but you don't have to do it alone; there are real estate agents out there who can answer all of your questions and help you make the best decision. Don't hesitate to ask questions; that is why real estate agents are there! They are knowledgeable about the local housing market, up-to-date on positions and regulations in the area, and can provide additional information or guidance if you need it. Furthermore, in addition to understanding the financial investment side of buying a house, they have their finger on the pulse of what may or may not be important when shopping for a dream home. While searching for a new home can be daunting, rest assured knowing that real estate agents will help guide you through every step of the way.

Take your time walking around the house, both inside and out, to get a feel for it

Taking your time when walking around a house allows you to become acquainted with the space. Slowly explore each corner in order to gain an understanding of it, both inside and out. Listen for creaking floors, howling winds and other peculiar sounds that often distinguish one house from another. Take off your shoes to feel the floorboards under your feet and step through open windows to test the breeze and view the outside world from different vantage points. Pay attention to where shadows roll into corners like a warm blanket on a chilly night and examine small details that make up the home. In doing such things, you will start to form an intimate relationship with this new place - as if it's a good friend who you have yet to truly meet.

Once you've made up your mind, thank the agent for their time and let them know your decision

After much consideration, you have made up your mind; it's time to thank the agent that has been of assistance throughout this process and let them know of your decision. Respectfully inform the agent and thank them for their efforts in finding the ideal course of action that meets both you and their own professional standards. It is possible that, while you are making a decision, they are also considering alternatives to give you the best result. Acknowledge and appreciate their help in this endeavor – without them, having a clear choice may not have been possible.


Visiting a potential new home can be an exciting but also daunting experience. Use these tips to make the most of your viewing and you'll be one step closer to finding your perfect property. With a little preparation beforehand and by being mindful of your own needs and wants, you're sure to find the right place for you in no time.


Shadya Mufarreh

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