In recent years, we have seen an uptick in “sight unseen” home purchases, particularly here in South Florida. Although this is not ideal, the main reason for this has been an ultra competitive home buying market that we experienced coming out of the pandemic. Fast forward to the present time and we are certainly not seeing this occurrence as often.
Home buying is arguably one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make and the single biggest investment most Americans will make in their lifetime. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, overflowing with excitement and often sprinkled with anxious trepidation. In this whirlwind, it’s easy to fall head over heels for the first charming house that catches your eye and rush into an offer. But before you receive the keys and pop the champagne, there’s a crucial step you shouldn’t skip: multiple viewings.
Think of it like dating. You wouldn’t marry someone after a single date, would you? Multiple viewings of a house serve the same purpose – giving you a chance to get to know the property beyond its initial allure and uncover its true potential or concerns. In addition to simply seeing a property multiple times, it is also advisable to visit it during various hours and days of the week to give you a better feel for things such as the neighborhood, noise level, traffic, and other things. Below we discuss why seeing a home multiple times before buying it is a wise investment in your future happiness.
Reasons for multiple visits when home buying
1. Beyond the First Impression: That initial swoon over the sparkling kitchen or the cozy fireplace is real, but it’s often fueled by adrenaline and excitement. Subsequent visits allow you to see the house with a clear head, noticing things you might have missed in the initial rush. Does the sun block the kitchen in the afternoon? Is the traffic noise unbearable during rush hour? These are the deal-breakers that a second glance can reveal.
2. Different Times, Different Vibes: Homes, like people, have different moods at different times. Seeing a house on a quiet weekday versus a bustling weekend can show you how the neighborhood feels. A visit during peak sunlight might expose glaring heat issues, while a rainy day could reveal drainage problems. By seeing the house in various “lights,” you get a more holistic picture of its personality.
3. Beyond the Surface: First visits are often staged to perfection. But repeated visits allow you to peek beneath the curtain. Can you envision your furniture in the rooms? Does the storage space meet your needs? Are there underlying repairs hiding beneath the fresh paint? Seeing the house multiple times, with a critical eye, helps you assess its true functionality and potential problems.
4. Feeling it Out: A house is more than bricks and mortar; it’s a place to build memories. Going back allows you to truly feel the space. Does it spark joy? Can you imagine cozy evenings curled up by the fireplace or hosting backyard BBQs? Multiple visits help you connect with the house on an emotional level, ensuring it’s not just a pretty facade, but a place you can truly call home.
5. Negotiation Superpower: Knowledge is power, and seeing the house multiple times equips you with it. You can identify potential repair costs, compare the house to others you’ve seen, and negotiate with confidence. Armed with a detailed understanding of the property’s strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be in a better position to secure a fair deal.
As always, it is critical to have a team of real estate professionals in your corner. Of course, this starts with a local and knowledgeable real estate agent. Given the lack of inventory in many competitive markets such as South Florida, it may be necessary to move swiftly on certain listings. Although it is important to visit a home and neighborhood at various times prior to a purchase, there may be times when you need to get a property under contract quickly in order to not miss out on the opportunity. In these circumstances, it is important to remember that you may still visit the property multiple times during the inspection period before making your final decision on whether or not to move forward with the purchase.
Are you looking to buy or sell a home in the South Florida market? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! Also, be sure to download the free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet.