Tips for Buyers: Plan for a Home Showing

by Meryl Diamond 01/27/2020

A home showing is a key part of the property buying journey. As such, it helps to plan ahead for a house showing as much as possible. Because if you enter a home showing with a plan in place, you can use this event to help you determine whether a residence is right for you.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready for a home showing.

1. Make a List of Questions

A home showing is a valuable learning experience, particularly for a buyer who crafts a list of questions ahead of time. And if a buyer has a list of home showing questions in hand, he or she can gain the necessary insights to make an informed decision about a residence.

Before you make a list of home showing questions, you may want to review a house listing. Then, consider any information that you want to know about a house that is not included in the listing and craft your home showing questions accordingly.

Also, it is important to remember that there is no such thing as a "bad" question to ask during a house showing. If you ask lots of questions during a showing, you can learn about a residence and decide whether to submit an offer to purchase this home.

2. Establish Realistic Expectations

There is no telling how a home showing may turn out. Thus, it is important to plan for the best- and worst-case scenarios.

In the best-case scenario, a buyer will discover his or her ideal residence during a showing. On the other hand, in the worst-case scenario, a buyer will find that a home fails to meet his or her expectations.

Oftentimes, a buyer will need to attend several home showings before he or she discovers the right residence. And if you fail to find your dream residence during your first home showing, there is no harm in continuing your house search and attending other showings in the future.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a homebuying expert, and he or she is happy to help you prepare for a house showing. First, a real estate agent will offer lots of insights into a home and respond to any of your concerns and questions. He or she next will attend a showing with you. After a showing is complete, a real estate agent will meet with you and help you determine the best course of action.

In addition, when you discover your dream home, a real estate agent will do everything possible to ensure you can acquire this residence without delay. A real estate agent will help you submit a competitive offer to purchase your dream home. Plus, he or she will negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf to help you get the best price on this residence.

Ready to attend a home showing? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can plan for a showing and boost the likelihood of a successful home search.

About the Author
Author

Meryl Diamond

Professional Profile

While I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I have spent the last 27 years living in the Lisle and Naperville area. The first single family home my husband and I ever owned was in Green Trails, Lisle. There were two things we loved about living in Green Trails - the sense of community and all the green space. This was a dream come true for my children who always had a friend to play with or a babysitter near by. For me, it gave me a chance to get to know the neighbors whom I have built lifelong friendships with. From neighborhood garage sales to summer barbeques, we always found reason to come together.

The other thing that was wonderful about Green Trails was all the green space. As someone who grew up in a city, I wanted to give my children the opportunity to run around and explore their environment. Our house was a short walk to a beautiful gazebo. We also enjoyed walking on the paved trails and bike rides to the park and tennis courts. Being able to enjoy outdoor space opened up my kids' imagination and more importantly burned off all that energy that they always seemed to have!

Once the kids got older we realized that we needed more space, so we purchased our second home in Naperville. This transition was easy for our family, as Naperville is not only close to Lisle, but also has the same community feel that we loved about Green Trails. My children got to attend Naperville 203 schools and my husband has easy access to I-88 so he could commute into Chicago.
The kids are all grown up now (funny how time flies!) but Naperville continues to be the ideal place to live. With downtown Naperville so close, I get to enjoy trying new restaurants and there always seems to be live music to enjoy. I stay involved in the community through volunteering at Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S) where I am a regular as well as a Housing Coordinator, where I organize an annual drive to provide furnishings for a family in need and coordinate a place for them to live.

Naperville is my home now and the place where my children have fond memories of their childhood. My husband and I feel so lucky we stumbled upon these two great communities and have no intention of leaving anytime soon! 

Professional Qualifications

First licensed in 1986

Joined RE/MAX in 1993

Professional Designations

RE/MAX club membership: 100%

Platinum Club

Hall of Fame