To some people it sounds crazy, but for many others who have moved across the country or move frequently (like a military family) it is commonplace. But now that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the home buying process on it’s head, you may be looking at making this decision yourself.
Here are 3 tips for buying a home you haven’t visited in person
1) Start with the right agent. The real estate agent will be your eyes and ears, and in most cases can still go and tour a home for you. With Zoom, FaceTime or other equivalent, your agent may be able to take you through the home with a live tour. If not, they can take lots of pictures and video, and know what to look for to help you make an informed decision on if you want to make an offer. When you are looking for your agent, find someone that is an expert in that area of the state. If you are trying to buy a home in Asheville or Lancaster, your agent should be able to answer all of your questions about that area. That is one of the huge benefits of using a Real Estate agent. You hire us because this is our job. We dedicate every hour of every day to learning the market and all of the different areas we represent. If you don’t trust that your agent has your best interests in mind, it is time to find another one.
2) Consider asking the seller for a home warranty that covers most large appliances, plumping, electrical, HVAC and any other large home systems for peace of mind. Your agent can advise you on how to do this. A lot of homes that are on the market right now offer a one year home warranty with your purchase. There a handful of different home warranty companies and there are different levels of coverage that home owners can choose. When you see that a warranty is offered, be sure to read the contract so that you know what is covered and what is not covered. This is for your protection. Be sure that you know what you’re buying.
3) Get a home inspection. Ask your agent to suggest a qualified home inspector, preferably one that deals with sight unseen sales. Ask for pictures and/or video as well as the written report. All inspections will include a list of items that, under state requirements, don’t meet code. That doesn’t mean that they HAVE to be corrected, but it is very important that you read your inspection and address any concerns with your agent and the inspector. We recently did a YouTube video with our inspector, Champ Detamore, from House Masters. Check it out by clicking here.
We can still help you buy a home, even sight unseen. Contact your Scarlett agent today for more information on why now is such a great time to buy and how we can help!