When going on a showing (a.k.a. viewing or tour) with your Realtor®,
try to schedule it so you can stay at the home long enough to really let the house sink in to your consciousness. That means leaving enough time between showings that you don’t have to rush off to the next house after a quick tour of the one you’re in. Since you already took the time to get there, and the sellers probably made the effort to clear out for your visit, you want to make the best use of the opportunity to examine everything carefully and in detail, even if it takes a bit more time. Who knows - maybe you’ll really like the home and won’t want to leave!
When touring homes with your Realtor®, take only one car if you can. That way, you’ll get to the destination together, nobody will get lost or stuck in traffic, and you can use the time in the car to talk real estate and compare notes. Your agent will have a chance to tell you about the house you are about to see, and you will have a chance to tell your agent what you think of the homes you have already seen. Your feedback will help your agent get a true feel of your needs, wants and desires so they can show you homes that are even closer to your ideal.
If you are planning to see a lot of houses in one day, set some time aside for breaks between houses. You might need to grab a bite or have a coffee to get your bearings, and you will inevitably need to use the bathroom. And though it may seem convenient, you really don’t want to use the bathroom in the homes you visit. If a family is still living there, they would not particularly appreciate strangers using their bathrooms, and newly constructed houses may not have functioning plumbing yet.
Wear shoes which are easy to slip on and take off. Some houses will have signs specifically requesting that you remove your shoes, but it’s good etiquette in just about every case anyway.
Once in the house, don’t hesitate to look in drawers, cupboards and closets to get as complete a picture as possible. People sometimes miss whole rooms and large storage areas by not opening a door or two. If you are excited about the place, you should also open kitchen and bathroom drawers,
cupboards and cabinets. You are not being nosy – in this case, seeing is believing! The sellers do expect prospective buyers to poke around.
On the other hand, if you dislike the house from the start, just wrap up your visit and move on to the next one. There is no use closely scrutinizing a place you don’t feel comfortable in…unless you’re doing it for practice! Don’t trash-talk the house you’re currently viewing. The seller may still be in the house, or may find out about your negative comments in some other way, and it’s just not worth it. Instead, talk to your agent when you are in private.
To your agent, you can and should be absolutely honest, so that she or he can learn your preferences. Share with your agent all criticism and every concern you have, no matter how minor, so that they know which houses to avoid showing you in future.