So you’ve decided to go on a house tour in the Denver area. Now what? There are certain things you should look out for and others you should disregard. Be sure to ask questions when you’re on the tour, after all, this could be your future home!
Before you go. . .
Make a list of your absolute must-haves in a home. Do not list too many features because finding a home with all of them could be difficult, but do keep your priorities in mind. For example, your ideal layout, location, good neighbors, yard size, and quality school districts should be non-negotiable in most cases. Consider not going on a home tour if the property does not initially meet your must-haves. Before you leave, think about visiting the property during off hours. If you go on a Sunday afternoon, you may not come into contact with weekday traffic you should be aware of. Visiting during off hours also lets you see where the sun hits and what the neighborhood is like at nighttime.
Now that you have your list. . .
Keep an open mind when viewing the home! Remember, you are buying the house, not the current owner’s furniture. They may have different aesthetics tastes than you, but that does not matter. Try to focus on the size of the room instead and imagine how you would arrange your belongings. The house may not have everything you dreamed of, but consider its potential. For example, if you’ve fallen in love with every part of the home except the kitchen, research remodels. You could get exactly what you want if you build it yourself. With that being said, steer away from committing to a fixer-upper if you’re the type of person who likes shiny, new things. Reflect and know yourself and what will work best for you personally when touring!
While walking around the home. . .
Be sure to check out the nooks and crannies of the property. Ask the agent about known issues with the home and see them for yourself. Look for signs of water damage, which are easily identifiable by dark spots on roofs and walls, or a mildew smell. Take a walk to the basement and make sure it’s dry, especially if it’s rained lately. Along with water damage, check for signs of structural integrity. If there are large drywall or brick cracks, that is cause for concern. Be sure to ask about the age of the roof and electrical systems as well. You’ll be getting a home inspection, but asking the agent these questions gives you a chance to see any possible causes for concern yourself.
Before you leave. . .
Ask the agent why the seller is moving. If it’s because of bad neighbors or a poor school district, that is good information to be aware of. Additionally, ask the agent if any unpermitted work has been done to the house because that could be a huge headache in the future.
Once you get home. . .
Make sure you reflect on your experience touring the home. If you have gone on multiple home tours, you may blur some details together from more than one home, so debrief and take some notes so you have things set straight. If you’re interested in the home, consider putting an offer in. Homes are going quickly nowadays, so if you like it, jump on it!
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