There’s no denying that the coronavirus has affected the way we buy and sell homes today. The pandemic has helped the industry move online and many people are grateful to be able to close on a home from the comfort of their couch. While nothing can truly replace seeing a North County home in person, these days it can very helpful to first view homes online. But taking a video tour with your agent can present its own set of challenges. For this reason, it’s smart to go into the process prepared. Here are some of the best tips we’ve uncovered to help take the stress out of your home video tours.
Prepare for a bad connection
We’ve all been there – your video call is sailing along and suddenly the call drops out of nowhere. Technology glitches are a fact of life we’re all getting used to dealing with every day. While your agent will go out of their way to make sure you have a good connection, you should have a back-up plan just in case you can’t connect. Ask your agent to record a video tour if you can’t make it in real-time. They can then send you the video at a later time for your review.
Get the layout of the land
While video tours have been an invaluable substitute for seeing a home in person, they can be a little disorienting. Before you take your video tour, ask your agent for a floor plan of the home. This way, you can get a sense of the layout of the land before you see it live. It will give you a better idea of how big or small one room is in relation to another and how they flow into each other.
Don’t be afraid to speak up
Are there particular features of the home that you’re interested in seeing in greater detail? Then don’t be afraid to ask your agent to take a closer look. This could include seeing the details of a new renovation, getting a good look at the home appliances, and seeing what the views are like out of each window. Your agent is there to help make the process as easy as possible so let them know what you really want to see.
Let your agent be your eyes, ears…and nose
While video tours can engage many of our senses, they can’t engage them all. In fact, there’s one big thing you’ll want your agent to notice for you and that’s whether or not there are any strange odors in the home. Different smells can tip you off to problems like water leaks and mold. So be sure to ask your agent if they notice any peculiar smells while they’re walking around.
Don’t forget about the neighborhood
Finally, buying a North County home means becoming a member of the community. Ask your agent to take you on a tour of the neighborhood so you can get a sense of what it’s like. Remember, location is very important in real estate and can affect your resale value and quality of life. You want to ensure that you not only love the house, but also the neighborhood where the home is located.
Work with an expert
Working with an expert during times like these is paramount when you’re in the market for a new North County home. The expert agents at the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team have been helping home buyers in North County for years, and we’d love to assist you in your home search. Contact us today at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We look forward to chatting with you about your needs!