Virtual home tours have become one of the most popular real estate tools this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they won't be going away any time soon. Virtual tours are a convenient way to check-out these North Canton homes for sale from your couch, but they're not without their limitations. It's important to remember that virtual home tours can't completely replace the benefits of an in-person viewing.
Since many people are still unfamiliar with this innovative technology, our real estate agents thought it would be helpful to compile a list of questions you should be sure to ask during your next virtual home tour.
- Can I see the room from all angles?
Viewing a room virtually can make it difficult to truly get a sense of the space. Screens can disguise depth, which can make spaces seem larger or smaller than they are in reality. Be sure to ask your real estate agent to walk around each room so you can evaluate the space from all angles.
- Do you notice any strong or unusual odors?
An obvious downside of a virtual home tour is that your sense of smell won't do you much good. When you're in-person, strange, lingering odors are very apparent, so it's important to ask your agent if he or she notices any odd smells, especially in the kitchen, bathroom, and basement.
- What is the noise level like?
Loud traffic and noisy neighbors can be problematic for those who enjoy their peace and quiet. These sounds may not be picked up by your agent's device during your virtual tour or may not come through on the audio stream. Ask your agent to take the time to listen and pay attention to outdoor noises that can be heard from within the home.
- Can you zoom in on the appliances?
During an in-person home tour, future homebuyers naturally take the time to closely inspect the condition and age of kitchen appliances, but during a virtual tour, these details are often overlooked. Ask your agent to zoom in on appliances, so you can get a good look. If you can't determine their condition, ask your real estate agent to provide a description. Remember, if appliances are in bad shape, replacements can quickly eat into your moving budget.
- Do you see any signs of damage?
During a virtual tour, you should rely on your real estate agent to point out any issues that could cause concern, including foundation cracks, water damage, or signs of roof problems. Be sure your agent checks the basement, the bathrooms, and the floors near any appliances for telltale signs of future repairs. Be sure to look at walls, ceilings, and light fixtures for signs of water stains or chipped paint.
- How far does the backyard extend?
It's difficult to get a sense of the size of the backyard through photos or videos, so ask your agent to step outside and walk around the perimeter of the property. Ask to see your neighbor's property lines and how far out your yard extends.
Knowing how to make the most of virtual home tours can save you from wasted in-person visits. Best of all, virtual home tours are easy to fit into your busy schedule. If you're interested in one of these Akron homes for sale, simply contact us today to set up your tour today.