By Kalista Mefford – Keller Williams Realty
It may come as a shock that many people purchase a home before touring the inside. When buyers are moving to a new country, they may not have the time or the resources to visit for a home search before their big move. Renting for a few months is not always the best financial decision and adds the stress of another move. In the care of investors, they often care more about the financials of their new home than the interior of the building. However, buying a home without seeing it can be stressful. These steps can help you make the process more manageable.
The first step is to find a realtor in the area that you can trust. Let them know your circumstances and that you’ll need them to help vet potential properties for you. They’ll be able to provide you with a link to a virtual tour if it’s offered, or schedule a meeting where they can walk you through the house via FaceTime or another video-based app. This will help you feel like you’re there in person and give you the chance to ask your realtor about any potential issues that may pose a problem in the future. Another great option is to have a family member or friend who lives in the area stop by a few open houses or take a tour with your realtor of any homes that you’re interested in. It’s a great idea to involve someone that you know and trust, to help spot any red flags.
Once you have selected a home you will want to make sure to have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector. They will walk through the home checking for repair issues, like light socks that do not work, or dripping pipes. Once the inspection is complete, they will provide you with a detailed report. Your Realtor and you can then negotiate repairs or cancel the contract.
Finally, before closing you are entitled to a final walk through, you will want to have your realtor walk the home with you or a family representative the day before closing. This will ensure that the home is in the same condition as it was at the time the offer was written.
When the time comes for you to move in, be prepared for the unexpected. There will always be a few things that you didn’t expect when you’ve purchased a home unseen, just as there are with homes you have toured several times. However, make the best out of the situation and stay positive. It really is possible to find your dream home, even if you can’t see it in-person before closing.