3 Tips For Touring a Home

Touring a home is typically the first step in the buying process, and it’s one of the most exciting parts of the home buying experience! Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Make sure to have your own representation when touring a home. In other words, don’t call the listing agent! The listing agent represents the seller and it’s his or her job to make them as much money as possible on the home. Instead, go see the home with your own agent. And don’t worry — the seller pays your agent’s commission, so representation is free. Don’t have an agent? We’ll happily introduce you to a friendly, local, knowledgeable agent.

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Congratulations to two of EveryHome’s newest happy homeowners, courtesy of agent Maria!

2. Ask your agent for the Seller’s Disclosure prior to seeing the home in person. This document lists all of the known upgrades and defects about a home. It’s best to have this disclosure handy when touring a home, so that you know exactly what to look for. Plus, it can give you a heads up about any major issues.

3. Consider whether or not it makes sense to bring the kids or the in-laws. As a family-owned, family-run agency, we love nothing more than the idea of bringing the whole clan — but unfortunately, we understand that it can be distracting to have the little ones in tow. Instead, consider inviting the whole family (in-laws and all!) for a second showing. This will preserve your first impression, and allow you to form a careful opinion before getting too much other advice!