5 Ways to Investigate a Home Before Making an Offer

Just as the old saying goes to not judge a book by its cover, the same goes for the listing of your future home.

While the listing photos and features may look appealing when you’re scrolling online, it’s important to investigate the home further before you make your offer.

Here are five ways to investigate a home before making an offer.

1. Do a couple neighborhood drive-bys.

While the home looks great during the day, the story may be different at night, or even on a weekend night. Drive by the home during different times of the day to see how the neighborhood looks. Is it noisy? Is your neighbor’s yard messy? How’s the foot traffic? If you’re looking for a neighborhood with young professionals, for example, do you see that age group frequently?

2. Turn the water on.

Sure, the hardware on the faucet and the tiling in the shower are alluring, but how’s the water pressure? Low water pressure can be an indication that there are water issues, which could lead to an expense for you later.

3. Tour the home on a sunny day.

While this might seem unnecessary, you’ll find that a home looks dramatically different during a sunny day compared to when it’s cloudy. How does the natural lighting affect the paint color in certain rooms? Is there a good amount of natural light in your main rooms? Is there too much light in the bedrooms? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when investigating a home before you put in your offer.

4. Listen for unwanted noises within the home.

This tip is specifically helpful for those looking to buy a condo or townhouse since you’ll be sharing a wall or few with your neighbors. Ask the listing agent if there are children that live nearby. See how noise will travel within the home when using the dishwasher or dryer, for instance.

5. Look past clutter.

More often that not, sellers will have their home looking in tip-top shape, but there are also the occasions that that’s not the case. Look past the sellers’s clutter. It’s also helpful to take a mental inventory of the closet space in the hallways and in the bedrooms.