House Tours - What to Expect
Updated: Sep 12, 2020
Now that you have a list of homes that you’d like to look at, what’s next? When you’re ready to go out for a property tour, just reach out in advance to schedule an appointment. In this area, it’s not unusual to need 24-48 hour advance notice for showings, as there are many rentals and vacation rentals which may require more coordination to get into. The more advance notice the better!
I recommend looking at no more than 4-6 houses per day, or else your brain might explode. It can be overwhelming! This will typically take 2-3 hours, depending on the location of the properties, and I guarantee you’ll be mentally exhausted by the end of it. After looking at so many properties in one day, it becomes difficult to distinguish between them as they all blend together after viewing a few houses. Also, I will only show properties during daylight hours, which can vary depending on the season. It’s hard to evaluate a home in the dark, so let’s plan on visiting at a time when we can truly see the property.
The day prior to our scheduled tours, I will contact you to confirm the tour start time and location. On the day we are touring properties, I will meet you at the first property on tour and will ask that you follow me in your vehicle as we go from property to property. If you are interested in riding with me in my vehicle, please let me know in advance so arrangements can be made.
A few tips to make your touring experience comfortable & stress-free:
Wear shoes that are easy to take on & off. Many homes we will visit will require that we remove our shoes. You should also be prepared to walk around outdoors to explore the yard, so consider that in your footwear choice.
Wear layers & bring raingear…. this is an adventure, after all! Here at the Oregon Coast weather can be unpredictable at times, so come prepared for whatever the day might bring. We’ll be walking inside and outside of properties, some of which may not be heated, and it’s important that you be prepared to keep yourself warm & comfortable so that we can focus on the properties.
Leave your pets at home. Animals can be a distraction and sometimes cause accidental damage to properties, so it’s best that you leave your pets at home during our home tours. If you have a service animal, please inform me in advance of our showings so that reasonable accommodations may be made.
Bring snacks & beverages with you. We’ll be on a specific schedule, so there won’t be time to stop and grab a snack mid-tour.
Bring a notebook. As I mentioned, all the houses will blend together in your brain by the end of the day, and so it’s important to make note during the tours of what you love about the property, major concerns, and questions to follow up with later. I will also be taking notes at each house we visit together.
I can’t wait to get out there and go house hunting with you! We are going to have a great time. Give me a call if you have any questions or concerns about touring houses.