Despite a worldwide pandemic continuing around you, you may still need to find a new home and move your household. Because social distancing makes it more difficult to visit a home in person or tour through homes during an open house, you and your real estate agent can still find ways around it to get a clear picture and idea about a home so you can proceed with its potential purchase. Here are some helpful recommendations to find a home for your upcoming purchase.
Look at Home Listing Photos
Photos of a home for sale can give you a lot of details of a home and its interior. So before you decide whether or not you want to visit a home personally, you can look closely through the photos available online. Your agent can provide you with online listings for access to these photos. Look for details in the photos, such as if the window blinds or curtains are closed in a photo. This may be because the view to the outside is not the best or perhaps because the seller took the photo and forgot to open the blinds.
If you have found a listing of a home and there are many photos of the outside of the property but only a few of the inside, this can be a sign that the interior of the property is not in great condition or at the time of the listing there were tenants in the property and the agent was not able to take photos. If you have questions about the interior, ask your agent to request additional photos so you can get a good idea of what the inside of the property looks like.
Use Virtual Touring
With the help of technology and the availability of smartphones, you can use this to your benefit in your home search during the pandemic. First off, look for home listings that have a virtual tour of the inside of the house. This is usually posted on the MLS website link or you can find it on another online link for the home's sale listing.
Ask your agent to find virtual tours that you can view or have your agent make you one. Your agent can visit the property and use a video call on their phone to show you through the property and point out details you may not identify through the call. Then, ask your agent to make you a sketch of the home's floor plan, which will help you understand the layout of the home and visualize it as you watch the video call.