Take a Virtual Tour Like a Pro: Three Things You Need to Know
It’s hard to dispute that virtual showings have grown in popularity in 2020. But even before the pandemic, viewing—and even buying—a home without setting foot inside, had been growing in popularity. This past year just gave the trend a big boost.
While virtual tours can be just as detailed and useful as an in-person showing, that’s only the case if you know what to look for—and what questions to ask—so you can make an informed decision on a property.
As your real estate agent, I can guide you through the process. But in the end, you will need to ensure all your questions are answered and that you are satisfied you have seen all the details you need to see in order to make a decision on the property.
So, what should you be looking for?
To make things simple, here are three things to keep in mind as you see homes virtually:
Be sure to check out the exterior
With a virtual tour, it’s easy for buyers to overlook the outside or rush through it. That’s understandable. Sometimes, the anticipation of seeing the home’s interior overshadows the need to take a good look around outside.
As your agent, I can provide you with views, beginning at the curb, so you get a feel for what the home looks like as you drive up. I would also suggest going around all sides of the home.
Be sure to ask about any features that are especially important to you, but may be easily overlooked, such as placement of exterior outlets or security lighting. In addition, I can give you an overview of the part of the neighborhood where the home is located, so you can more easily get the lay of the land.
Remember the details
It can be particularly difficult to distinguish between homes you’ve viewed at the end of the day when you are seeing them virtually. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take detailed notes. You may also want to prepare ahead of time by leaving space for the pros and cons of each home as you make those notes. While it may sound tedious—and it may be tempting simply to enjoy the video—you will be surprised at how easily you start to mix up the details when you’re seeing more than one home.
Don’t be shy when it comes to questions
The old adage certainly rings true here: the only dumb question is the unasked one. When it comes to viewing a home virtually, it’s more important than ever to speak up when you need more information. While I will be pointing out features I want you to be sure to notice, there may be some questions you have regarding the property that I haven’t already covered. The best time to ask is during the tour, rather than afterward.
Be sure you are also getting views of any details that are particularly important to you. Imagine being on the tour in-person and be sure you are seeing everything virtually that you would have looked at up close if you were in-person. If you remember something later after leaving one area of the house, it’s easy to go back again for a second look.