Home Searching Oakland County Michigan

Home Searching – Online vs. In Person Visits

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Looking at Homes in Person

When home searching you might have heard real estate horror stories where houses put up for sale online turned out to be riddled with all sorts of problems when buyers actually visited them.

Considering the competitive nature of the market, most sellers today offer buyers the opportunity to tour their houses virtually. A professional blueprint of the house is made and you can have a satellite view of the house, the rooms and even see the minutest details such as the arrangement of bed sets and furniture.

If you are scouring the market for your next potential home in Oakland County, Michigan, here are key differences you need to know between searching for a house online and in person:

Home Searching Online

Here’s the harsh reality: what you see online might not be the closest to reality most of the times. There are many flaws in a house that can be hidden with proper lighting and photography techniques. Browsing homes online? Knowing the following will help:

·   It’s Huge

Photographers use wide angle lens when capturing images, which can make absolutely anything look fabulous. A room might seem huge to you so much so that you think it can fit anything.

·   It Looks Like a New House

The lighting and the angles can give the house a new look. In the pictures, you might see pristine walls with no scratches but you won’t see the reality until you can physically inspect the walls.

·   It Looks So Peaceful

Pictures taken of the front yard and backyard are usually close-ups, so you don’t see anything out of the ordinary. You might assume that the house has a nice green backyard and a full garden but in reality, it was just a picture of a patch and a few planters.

·   I Have a Good Feeling about This House

Pictures can change your mind because your expectations are based on what you saw online. You cannot base your decision solely on pictures and this is why it is important to tour the home for sale in Oakland County, Michigan in person.

Home Searching In Person

If you want to have a look at every nook and cranny of the house, then it is better to visit the place.

·   Is This a Room or a Closet?

That bedroom you fawned over in the pictures… doesn’t it look like a closet? That’s the deception of pictures! When you are standing in the actual space, you realize how small the rooms are.

·   What’s that Smell?

If the previous owners had pets, you can probably smell them by now. This is why it is important to go into each room and make sure that there are no bad odors or stains.

·   Did I Just Hear Gunshots?

Well, this is reaching too far but did you search the area before visiting the house? You never know how high the crime rate is in the areas until you see the surroundings.

·   Is That a Goat Farm in the Neighbor’s Yard?

While your neighbors are allowed to do anything on their property but too much noise can be a problem. Your neighbors might include couples who party too loud or pets who may be bent on destroying all your precious plants.

Now you know why it is so important to physically visit homes for sale, rather than making an offer based solely on photographs. If you want to buy a Oakland County, Michigan that falls within your budget and has all the features you need, then visit Homes2MoveYou. Get in touch with me and start exploring houses in areas of your liking.

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I'm a Professional Realtor for 17 years with RE/MAX CLASSIC in the Oakland County MI and the Metro Detroit area and love what I do. Real Estate is my passion... Exceeding your expectations is my goal!