New Jersey Real Estate TipsReal Estate Tips June 24, 2014

10 Tips for Home Tours

Touring homes to buy can be a fun experience, especially as you start your search. It’s always exciting to envision yourself in a new home! Of course, it’s important to be mindful as you walk through the home, because if you do decide to make an offer, you want it to be the right home for you. Here are ten tips to help you along on your home tours.

1. Bring a Camera and Notepad

You won’t remember all the details of each home, so write down notes about what you like and don’t like about each one. Take photos of any concerns you may have, such as potential mold or structural issues.

2. Check for Mold or Rotting

Speaking of mold problems, check the bathrooms for signs of rotting. Key places to look include the baseboards, around the tub or shower and the ceiling above the shower.

3. Consider the Natural Sunlight

What will the home look like during the day? Does it get enough sunlight? Also think about how the trees will affect the natural sunlight, as they may be bare in the winter and full in the summer.

4. Identify All Storage Space

What types of storage space does the home have? Some have basements, attics and crawl spaces, so make sure you locate all available storage.

5. Listen to the Noise

What do you hear? If the home is located near a busy road or airport, for instance, you must be able to tolerate the noise level.

6. Check the Attic

There should be plenty of insulation in the attic. This is a good sign that the home is well insulated and won’t drain your energy bills.

7. Check the Water Spouts

All outdoor water spouts should be pointed away from the home. Water from the roof can cause damage to the foundation. If the spouts aren’t positioned correctly, take good note of the basement, its appearance and its odor.

8. Review the Exterior

Look for wavy or discolored wood siding. Assess the condition of the roof. Determine the quality of the windows. The exterior can tell you a lot about how well the previous owners took care of the home.

9. Request a Disclosure Packet

A disclosure packet will let you know of any potential issues such as asbestos, lead-based paint or pest infestations.

10. Compare the Tax Records

Sometimes, sellers stretch the truth, but you want the tax records to be accurate. Identify any discrepancies, such as differences in the square footage or number of bedrooms and bathrooms.