Seeing a Home in Person vs. Searching Online

Seeing a home in person and seeing it in pictures online are two totally different things. There are a few things you need to know about each that will put you at ease during your home search.

  1. Don’t be fooled by online photos. Some rooms may be smaller and some may be larger than they appear. A good photographer can enhance a home’s image with a wide-angle lens. However, don’t let that discourage you if you are interested in the house.
  1. A home isn’t always as clean as it looks online. For many of these homes, the sellers are still living in them. The home was probably cleaned initially when they were getting ready to go on the market, so don’t be alarmed at what you might see when you get there.
  1. You can’t smell online photos. I have shown up to properties with bad pet odors and even sewage odors and the owners had no idea. Seeing a home in person will alert you to problems that the sellers might not even realize they have.
  1. A neighborhood might not be as peaceful as it seems. A home’s online photos don’t give you the full picture of a neighborhood. You need to do that research yourself by visiting the neighborhood during the day and at night to see what the mood is really like.

Here are a few quick bonus tips:

  1. Don’t get emotionally attached to pictures.
  2. Make sure you’re using a good real estate agent.
  3. Be patient.
  4. Don’t discount a home just because the quality of the pictures might be bad.

If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!