With all the major changes that we’ve experienced this year, one of the major surges we have seen is the growing popularity of virtual home tours. There are normal questions and procedures to follow when doing a regular house tour. But this type of home buying is different for all parties involved and the standard protocol is still slightly unknown. Whether you’re looking for a starter home or trying to find a place to settle down in, the fact of the matter is your next home tour will more than likely be done virtually. We don’t ever want our clients (or any other home buyer that’s visiting our site) to feel like fish out of water so we’ve put together a few questions that should most definitely be asked when you do your first virtual house tour.
Before the Tour
Before the tour, you want to be sure to ask if there is a floor plan you can print out on your end so you can follow along. This will help you get a better sense of what the rooms and the layout of the home feel like. You also want to make sure that you address connectivity issues. If for any reason the video call gets cut off during the tour and cannot reconnect, you want to be sure there is a plan in place - such as having the realtor record a video of the home instead.
During the Tour
This is the part where you need to ask ALL the questions. Do any features or surfaces look worn or damaged? Can you open any curtains or blinds so I can see all the possible views? What direction is natural light coming from? In carpeted areas, can you walk around and tell me if you hear any creaking or other sounds? Every single question you can think of about your new home, you want to ask here. Don’t think you are being overbearing or asking too many questions. This is about to be the home you will probably be in for a while so you need to make sure it is practically perfect in every way for you.
After the Tour
At this stage, it is important to circle back with your real estate agent and go over everything that was talked about during the tour. Before proceeding to any next step, you need to be 100% positive that the home you toured is the home you want.
We hope this short guide provides you with some insight on how to go into a virtual house tour. We at The Verity Group want to be with you every step of the way. Contact us on our website or give us a call at 757.452.8974. We can talk more about questions and options to alleviate any concerns you may have.