Buying A Home Sight Unseen? Avoid These Mistakes!
Because of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and other COVID-related challenges, buying a home sight unseen has become increasingly common. And when you do it the right way, you can find exactly what you are looking for in a property—without ever actually seeing it in person.
But if you do it the wrong way, it can be a real challenge. So, the question is, what are the biggest mistakes Buyers make when buying a property virtually—and, more importantly, how can you avoid those mistakes?
A recent article from realtor.com outlined the key mistakes Buyers should avoid when purchasing a property sight unseen, including:
Not leveraging all the available technology. When you can’t tour a home in person, you want to take advantage of any and all available technology to get a feel for the property and neighborhood. That includes going through any online listings, taking a comprehensive video tour (or a few!), and using Google Street View to check out the surrounding area.
Skipping the home inspection. Getting a home inspection is always important—but it is especially important when you have not seen a property in person. It can be hard to determine the condition of a home strictly based on photos and video tours; the home inspection will tell you exactly how much work the home needs—and whether you are willing to tackle that work.
Not working with the right local agent. A local agent is an invaluable resource when you are buying a home sight unseen; they are able to tour the home in person, answer your questions, and share any insights that you might miss when touring a home virtually.
So, what does this mean for you? If you are considering buying a home sight unseen, it is important to understand the common mistakes Buyers make so you can avoid those mistakes, and make sure the home you are buying is the right fit for you, even if you have never seen it in person.