House-hunting can be physically, emotionally and financially stressful. Your feet can get tired from endless walking, going from one house to another and inspecting the ins and outs of the compound. It can be an emotional and financial struggle too having to weigh the pros and cons of each and every property you visit, assess which is closest to your idea of a dream home and compare the budget with the listing price.
How To Have A Smooth And Manageable House-Hunting Tour
Aside from following etiquette, there are some items that you should likewise do during the house-hunting tour. The following tricks are guaranteed to make your trip smoother and more manageable.
1. Dress appropriately. Regardless if it’s a condo, an apartment or a two-story house and lot in a city, chances are, sooner or later, you are bound to visit distant places or view two houses or more in one day. It only makes sense then to dress comfortably so you can move around with ease. Footwear matters a lot so make sure that you choose something that is easy to take on and off in case the current homeowner brings you to a shoeless zone. For women, keep away from high heels and opt for flat shoes instead. Bring extra slippers so your feet can rest when not on tour. For men, wear your best socks.
2. Avoid carrying food and drinks. Leave them on the car. Do remember that accidents happen all the time. You never know, your drinks may spill or you may leave sandwich crumbs inside the residence you’re visiting. Plus, it is quite disrespectful to act as if you already own the property and eat anytime you want. The homeowner deserves some courtesy.
3. Make the trip a fun experience for your children. There are instances when your kids would want to tag along to see the house for themselves. In situations like this, set some ground rules first and afterwards, get them involved. Give them tasks to perform – putting smileys on your notes if they like one particular room or sad faces if they don’t. Bring a companion who can accompany them when they get bored. Offer diverse entertainment – their favorite games and toys, portable DVD player or audio books.
4. Carry a notebook and a camera. Notebook is for taking notes while camera is for capturing the front view of the home. To be on the safe side, consult the realtor or the person who hosts the viewing if taking pictures are allowed. Another alternative is to take a commentary video so you can easily keep track of the plus and negative points of the residence you just recently visited.