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8 Things to Look for Outside When Doing a Virtual Home Tour
During these days of COVID, it is becoming increasingly common for real estate agents to give virtual tours of homes. While you may be most excited to check out the kitchen and the master bath, there are other important areas to examine that you may not think of. One of the most overlooked areas in a virtual tour is the outdoors. There are 8 things in particular to look for outside when you're doing a virtual home tour.
The lot from all angles
You will want your realtor to stand in all four corners of the property and slowly give you a panoramic view from each of those corners. This will give you a much better sense for the property than Google Street View. Looking at the property from each corner will give you a better sense for how close the neighbors, roads, or geographic features are to the home.
Good neighbors are a wonderful thing. However, no one wants their neighbors on top of them. Have your realtor pan to show the distance to the next door neighbor. Real estate photography can sometimes be deceiving when it comes to size and distance. You may also want your realtor to take a quick stroll down the street so you can see the condition of the neighbors homes.
As your realtor strolls through the front and back yards you will want to pay close attention to the presence (or absence) of landscaping. Whether landscaping is a plus or a minus depends on how green your thumb is. Extensive landscaping may look beautiful, but the costs in both time and resources to tend it may be more than you're willing to invest. In addition, you will want to look at the health of the trees surrounding the house. Sickly trees are a danger for toppling and damaging the home.
Ask your realtor to give you a good sense of the slope and length of the driveway. That driveway that looked manageable on the pictures may actually have a steeper slope than you're willing to deal with during the winter months. You will also want to pay attention to the condition of the driveway. Driveways can be expensive to repave.
The deck is something that is particularly hard to assess from a virtual tour. Ask your realtor to zoom in on the boards to see their condition. It is also a good idea to have your realtor grab and even shake railings to see if they are still securely fastened.
All sides of the house
One of the oldest tricks on the block is slapping a fresh coat of paint on a house before sale. Paint can hide a lot of wear and tear, but if you have your realtor look closely there should be hints as to the condition of the home. Examine the foundation for cracks, and look for signs of rotted trim. Also have your realtor pan up to see the condition of the roof.
There are a lot of outdoor amenities that are easy to miss on a virtual tour. Have your realtor show you the fence, the sprinklers working, what type of gate leads to the back yard, and any mechanical systems outdoors. These are things that you would likely notice on an in person tour, but might miss on a virtual tour.
This may sound like a silly item, but it is vitally important for your enjoyment of the outdoor space! Have your realtor be silent for a few minutes so you can hear if there are any undesirable noise factors. Can you hear road traffic? Is the home on a flight path? Are there a lot of barking dogs around?
This season in real estate can be challenging. However, with an experienced agent you can get a thorough home tour even if it's virtual. At Augustedge we would love to help you on your house hunt - be it virtual or in person.
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