Are you ready? Let’s go out and look at some homes in person, shall we? Here are just a few things to know before we go:
- Sellers may ask that we remove our shoes before strolling through their home, so you might want to wear some shoes that are easy to slip on and off.
- Some vacant homes may not have the utilities turned on, so make sure you dress for the current weather conditions.
- Don’t assume that we can use the restrooms especially if there are no utilities. No water. No flush. 🙂 But we can certainly stop off at a convenience store.
- Make sure to focus on the house and not the furnishings. I know it’s hard but try to imagine what the house looks like empty. We’ll be looking for any signs of any issues that may be present and things we need to question should you choose to place an offer.
- Make sure not to touch any of the sellers personal items. We don’t want to be responsible if something gets broken.
- If you bring children along, make sure that they stay close to you so nothing gets broken accidentally.
- If the sellers are at home don’t give away too much information that could harm us during negotiations. Just be friendly and say hello but keep things brief if at all possible.
- Last but certainly not least. Some sellers have nanny cams and security systems that have audio/video capabilities. So let’s not say anything that could jeopardize our negotiating position like how much you would pay, how much you can afford, how much you LOVE the home, etc. Just in case somebody is listening.