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What to Look for and Consider When Touring A Home

Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team

Buying a home is a significant milestone in one’s life. The process is often filled with excitement, anticipation, and a touch of anxiety. Whether you’re a first-time or experienced buyer, touring a home is an important factor to your final decision.

With over 13 years in business, our agents have been helping clients in Jacksonville for a long time. We’ve seen everything when it comes to touring a home and what to know.

In this article, we are going to share some factors to consider and look for when touring a home that you are deciding on. Touring homes may seem overwhelming or you may not know what to look for but we will walk you through the details. 

Understanding Your Needs and Priorities

Before going on a home tour, it’s good to have a clear understanding of your needs and priorities. Create a checklist for what your future home will have. This can include the number of bedrooms, desired location, and any specific features. This approach sets the foundation for a purposeful and effective tour.

Your checklist should consist of your wants and your needs for a home that is right for you. Share this checklist with your real estate agent so they can help find homes that match and you can start touring.

When touring a home, pay close attention to how well it aligns with your checklist. Check the layout, room sizes, and flow of the house. This allows you to consider the practical aspects of your daily life with the house.

Assessing the Condition of the Property

A home tour is the perfect opportunity to assess the condition of the property. While specific features are great, it’s also important to look at the structure of the home. Here are some things to look at when assessing a home:

  • Signs of water damage or leaks
  • Odors (signs of damage from mold or pests)
  • Damage (cracks, dark spots, gaps in windows, and sagging floors)
  • Roof and gutters
  • Electrical boxes or units
  • Air conditioning and plumbing

These are a few factors to consider and make sure it is something you are good with if it is a home you are in love with.

As you tour the home, talk with your real estate agent. This helps you gather information and understand what is going on in the home. Your agent can help point out different aspects to consider with the home.  

Considering the Neighborhood and Surroundings

The home itself is one piece of the puzzle. The neighborhood and surroundings play a significant role in your living experience. During the tour, take the time to explore the community. Here are some factors to consider when deciding on your home’s location:

These factors will help you determine if the home will fit with your checklist and what you are looking for. The community and neighborhood around the home will affect your decision as it will become part of your life.

Embracing the Feel of the Home

The “feel” of a home can be a powerful indicator of whether it’s the right fit for you. Pay attention to the atmosphere, natural light, and ambiance of the space. A home should not only meet your practical needs but also create a sense of comfort and belonging.

As you explore each room, envision yourself living in the space. Consider how well the home aligns with your lifestyle and personal preferences. Buyers should trust their instincts and embrace the connection they may feel with a home. While data and checklists are great, the emotional feel that the home is right for you is important. You should have a home that is the best for you and your long term goals.

By knowing what to look for and consider when touring homes, you are able to make the best decision for you and your family.

Touring homes is a thrilling and exciting step in the journey to homeownership. It is important to understand your checklist, assessing the property, considering the neighborhood, and embracing the feel of the home. This will allow you to be well-equipped to navigate the home tours with confidence.

If you are ready to tour homes or want to work with us, reach out to schedule an appointment with us today.

Remember, the goal is not just to find a house but to discover a place that you can truly call home.

Happy house hunting!

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Phil Aitken, Owner/Broker
Phil Aitken is the Owner/Broker with Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team and has over 13 years of Real Estate experience. Phil’s faith and desire for his family’s continued security fuel his business growth and leadership. The Phil Aitken Home Team continues to profoundly impact the people of Jacksonville via supporting several faith-based organizations. Phil gives back a portion of every real estate transaction to The Tim Tebow Foundation and Rethreaded. Find Phil's full story here.