The continuous technological advances have resulted in improved online home listings. With advanced features such as 3D virtual home tours, it is possible to view a home and conduct the entire transaction online. This is especially pertinent now in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the push towards social distancing. With this in mind, it is important to view a property online and buy your home virtually. However, certain things might be overlooked when you are not able to view and inspect a property physically. Here are some things to consider when viewing houses online.
3D virtual tours
Due to social distancing being practised as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, physical walk-throughs of homes are not possible. As such, 3D virtual tours are a great alternative that gives you a sense of walking through a property. Many real estate agents are now offering 3D virtual tours so this a great time to view and buy property online. Needless to say, 3D virtual tours give you a chance to visualise and get a feel for the layout and floorplan of a home. This means you have a chance to investigate a realistic digital environment. Moreover, you will be able to visit each room in the home and zoom in on features of interest.
Analyse the pictures
Most real estate agents work in conjunction with professional photographers to take great pictures of their listings. Professional photographers that have experience working in the real estate space know the best ways to capture the different rooms. Take some time to thoroughly look through the various photographs of a home. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with the layout and the general design of the home. When you acquaint yourself with the layout you can visualise the placement of your furniture.
Identify issues that require attention
You need to identify and take note of any issues that require attention as well as potential fixes. Most people seek to buy a newly constructed or recently renovated house. However, some people look for fixer upper’s that they can personalise. You need to evaluate the various aspects of a home that require fixing or repairing soon. Besides this, you need to assess the extent, nature and cost of repairs that are required to a home. Remember that your real estate will be working in your best interests so do not hesitate to consult them.
Consider the outdoor space
Lastly, do not forget to consider the outdoor space when viewing a home online. You need to get a feel for the layout of both the backyard and the front of the home. Whether the home has a verandah, balcony or large backyard you need to understand the layout. Mentally picture the type of furniture you will require for the exterior of the home. Also, take in consideration the size of the yard so you can ascertain the amount of maintenance required.
By creatively utilising the various tools at your disposal you can get a feel for a property when house hunting online. Keep in mind that your real estate agent will be an excellent source of information and they will direct you towards a good outcome.