Post # 1
My SO and I are booking in properties to view this weekend because we are ready to buy a house, We currently have 7 houses booked in to view and it is starting to feel like it might be too many! We have 3 booked for Saturday and 4 booked for Sunday.
How many houses would you view over the space of 2 days?
ETA: We take my SO’s dad with us to all of the houses we inspect, he has been a builder for his entire working life and it takes him 2 seconds to tell if the house is poorly built or not. (We are so lucky to have him.. we would never notice the things he does)
Post # 3
This is not a purchase you want to rush, that’s for sure. The more rished you feel and the more houses you’ve seen in a short span of time, the more you might start to slack off about nitpicking at details that may not be very obvious but still important. I’d take it easy and really make sure I’m totally familiar with the details of each house before moving on.
ETA: I guess I should say it depends on how serious you are about the houses you’re viewing. We looked at tons of pictures and didn’t even bother with any place we didn’t get excited about or that didn’t have everything we wanted. If pictures aren’t available, or some of the houses don’t make you excited but you’re going to see them anyway, cramming in more is probably a good idea. I just wouldn’t make an offer on anything I haven’t thoroughly checked out and considered from every angle.
Post # 4
I found that each viewing went pretty fast.. most places was ruled out within 5 minutes of walking in for us, so we’d jam pack as many as we could a day, consider the options, then maybe schedule second viewings for top contenders if necessary.
Post # 5
Wow, how lucky that there’s enough inventory for sale that you might be interested in that many! Only 1 or 2 properties have gone on the market per month in the neighborhood we bought into – it was “leap now” or loseo out! I think 7 is fine as long as you are organized with the pics and can keep them straight!
Post # 6
Starting out see a bunch. You will start to narrow in on what you like, and I doubt that if you have seven picked out they are all great. Expect maybe one or two good ones, and the others wil quickly start to reveal what your true preferences are. I would go for all seven.
Post # 7
We did no more than 4/day. It helped us focus on the details of each place.
Post # 8
With our most recent house, we looked at 9 properties in 2 hours; the house we ended up buying was #8. We had a pretty specific list of criteria though and we did a lot of pre-looking online, so by the time we actually walked through with our realtor we had already narrowed the list to only the serious candidates.
Post # 9
I think that actually sounds pretty perfect, especially if you have a plan in place to keep track of the properties and what you like/dislike about them.
Post # 10
Bring your camera and take pictures and take notes.
Features of each house (and address) and your initial feelings will start to blend together so when you sit to discuss them each night you can review them, cross of the definate no’s and make a list of things you didnt think you would like or vice versa in the house you want to buy.
You will probably find that some things change in importance or come up new when you start looking. Keep a list to keep you organized.
I would also figure out an estimated mortgage payment on each house that remains in the running. Sometimes, depending on downpayment, etc, a house that is more expensive may only be $100 more a month. You dont want to disregard a house just because its more expensive if its still within your monthly budget.
Then you can compare houses over weeks with all the features and cost much more easily. Approach it like a car website where it gives you the pros and cons in a comparative format.
Post # 11
@Brickette: I would do as many as you can, but space them out enough so you get time to take pictures and notes on each place. Don’t rush through them. You can always go see them again too.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We never had the luxury of having a large amount of inventory to view at any one time. The most we did was 5 in a weekend. We could have easily done more if we had more houses to choose from.
Post # 13
@Brickette: can he come to our newly built house and tell us what’s wrong with it LOL!!
I would go to as many as you can book (I clicked the wrong option though)
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I ended up not liking most of the houses I saw, so if I saw 10, I’d probably only even like 1 or 2. I voted for as many as you fit in. Take a video of each house if you can so you can review them afterward
Post # 15
We usually did 4-5 each evening or day we went out. It’s totally fine because usually only one or two of the bunch you will be seriously interested in, and can forget the rest.
Post # 16
I told the realtor that we are meeting tomorrow to put me in for as many as he could.. And I meant like at least 10! lol