Touring a home in Albuquerque can be a fun and exciting time. This is a new beginning for you and your family. There’s a lot of things you need to take in and learn about the home’s you’re viewing.
There’s more to viewing a home than just walking through it. There’s some things to remember when it comes to making mistakes that could upset the seller, and possibly cost you the purchase or hurt negotiations.
What are some ways you can stay on the seller’s good side, while keeping focused on getting the most from your tour?
1. The fewer the better.
This isn’t a party. Don’t being a bunch of friends or relatives just to get their opinion. If they’re purchasing a home with you, that’s one thing. But sellers usually aren’t too fond of large groups touring at once.
The more people you have with you on a tour, the bigger the chance of someone doing something that will upset the seller. Plus they can distract you from taking in important details about the property.
You should also try not to bring small children, as this too could be distracting, and possible cause problems with the seller.
If you absolutely need to bring other people with you on a showing, ask your agent beforehand.
2. You’re being watched.
Sellers are usually curious about who’s viewing their home, and for good reason. They still usually have possessions in the home they want to protect. They also want to know what you’re feeling are about the home. And that’s easy enough to view with security cameras.
The rule of thumb is to just act as if the seller is a silent partner on the tour. That should help you avoid doing or saying things that will negatively affect the sale if you decide to buy. Also keep in mind that the seller may not even be using a camera to watch you. They may be next door watching, or having a neighbor watching you.
3. Don’t take photos
You may think that since everyone has a camera on their phone, that it’s no big deal to snap photos on a home tour. But that’s not so. You are on private property, and unless you’ve been given express permission by the seller, you should never take photos during a tour. It’s an invasion of privacy and could also be against the law.
Just because the listing agent has taken photos and posted them online also does not make it OK for you to. The agent and seller have an agreement to take those photos, and they are approved by the seller before posting them online.
So if the seller allows you to take photos, don’t post them on social media. You could hurt your negotiations and invade the seller’s privacy. Wait until the house is yours and post all the photos your heart desires.
4. Do use your imagination.
Since most people don;t have the same tastes, you need to imagine how the home would look with your decorating tastes. Try to think of inexpensive ways to decorate it, such as painting and where you would locate your furniture.
Augmented reality (AR) apps on your phone are an ideal way of doing this, as they let you picture how the home would look if you buy it.
5. Don’t use the bathroom.
Would you want a bunch of strangers using your bathroom? It’s fine to test fixtures and cabinets, but don’t use the bathroom unless the seller says it’s OK in advance.
Touring homes can be a fun and beneficial experience, as long as you mind your manners and show respect for the seller.
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