Is Looking at Homes Online Enough?

Visiting a home in person is a much different experience than seeing a listing online.

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About 99% of buyers begin their home search online, and I believe this is a great way to get started. However, it’s important to remember that looking online can be a little different from looking at homes in person.

When you’re looking online, don’t trust that the rooms in a home are as large as they appear. Oftentimes, the professional photographers who took the pictures you’re seeing have used wide-angle lenses. It’s their job to make the home look great. So, visiting the home in person may give you a different impression from your perception of the home's online listing. Of course, you can always check out the MLS database to find room dimensions for the home.

Next, a home may also not be as clean as it appears online. When you’re scrolling through pictures, keep in mind that they have been designed to make the home look perfect. When you enter a home in person, there are a lot of little details that might not appear in photographs. Don’t be fooled by beautiful pictures.

"Don’t be fooled by beautiful pictures."

Also, there is no way to tell how a home smells by looking at it online. I’ve unfortunately come across a few listings that have had a strong, unpleasant odor. Of course, this isn’t something you can detect until you actually enter the home.

Finally, visiting a home in person is the most accurate way to get a feel for the neighborhood. If you’re thinking of buying in a particular location, I highly recommend visiting the area several times. I also recommend visiting at several different times of the day. What you will experience during these visits is something no online listing can replicate.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


#1 By Wesley at 4/24/2018 4:37 PM

Angie you are the best when it comes to sharing your expertise. Some reactors avoid these topics and suggestions you offer. You are so spot on about the photos verses seeing a house in person. Keep up the great work you do. Very valuable.

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