How to Tour Your Future Home Online

How to Tour Your Future Home Online

Nowadays, you don’t even need to leave your home to find and tour homes across the country. Online tours are convenient, extensive, and packed with valuable information.

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself unable to see homes in person, doing it virtually is a great alternative and will give you a great chance to see every corner. Here are some tips to help you in your virtual house hunting experience: 

1. Find the Best Resources and Websites

Not all realtors and home sellers offer virtual tours of the property. To make sure you collect all the necessary data about your future home, look for websites that do. Some popular ones are:

One these websites, you can either take a tour immediately or schedule one for a convenient time, but most homes are loaded with photos, 360 degree photos, and videos.

To inspect a house virtually, all you need is a computer or a mobile device, a browser, and an internet connection.


2. Make a List

You probably already know what your dream home should look like and the features you want. To help stay organized, make a list of all rooms in the house, including the kitchen and bathrooms, and describe what you want to find there and what you’ll be looking for in each.

When you take the virtual tour, use the list to compare reality to your wishes. Besides bedroom wall color and kitchen cabinet size, write down things like:

  • Ceilings—look close to discover any leaks or stains.
  • Floors—look for sagging or dipping near the bathroom or kitchen to discover possible plumbing problems.
  • Walls—inspect walls closely for cracks.
  • Electrical boxes—if they look old, you may be in for some wiring repairs.

 Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean you don’t have to look closely at the details and find everything you want.


3. Take Your Time and Do More Research

The main benefit of the virtual tour is that you have all the time in the world! Don't rush through the process. Find enough free time to explore all the details and note things you do and don’t like.

You also have all the time you need to continue doing research on the neighborhoods, schools, entertainment options nearby, and much more.


4. Ask for Help

Does someone you know have experience with home inspections? Send them the link to the virtual tour and ask for their expert opinion. One great thing about an online tour is that you can ask as many people for help as you wish.


5. Remember These Tricks

Both home sellers and realtors use a variety of tricks to make the house look better than it does in reality. During a virtual tour, you can't inspect:

  • HVAC system
  • Structural issues
  • Infestation and mold
  • Plumbing problems

It's important to understand that a virtual tour is an excellent way to narrow down your choices and see a huge variety of homes in an area. It can save you a lot of time, money, and effort, but such a tour cannot replace an in-person inspection by you and a professional.


Touring and Buying Your Dream Home

When you take the right approach to an online home tour, you can discover many small details and make important decisions while seeing a huge variety of cool homes. While a virtual tour isn't an alternative to a live inspection, it can be an integral component of your home hunting process.

If you've already narrowed down your choices, it's time to think about the mortgage. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the home mortgage process and speak to a member of our team today!

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